'Beloved rabbi' laid to rest

Reuven Birmacher, first victim of deadly Jerusalem stabbing attack, buried late Wednesday night.

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Birmacher funeral procession
Birmacher funeral procession
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Terror victim Reuven Birmacher was laid to rest late Wednesday night hours after he succumbed to stab wounds incurred in a terror attack outside the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem. 

He was evacuated to Hadassah Medical Center in serious condition in the aftermath of the stabbing early on Wednesday afternoon. Despite doctors' best efforts, he passed away several hours later. 

Birmacher, 45, was born in Argentina. After immigrating to Israel he became more religious and began studying at the Torah V'Emuna Yeshiva of the Belz Hassidic sect. 

Over the years, he excelled in his studies and began teaching at the Aish HaTorah Yeshiva in Jerusalem. Birmacher was residing with his wife and seven children in Kiryat Ye'arim near the capital at the time of his death. 

Rabbi Steven Burg, Director General of Aish HaTorah, spoke during the funeral at Har Hamenuchot cemetery in Jerusalem. 

"He was a beloved rabbi and admired greatly by the Spanish branch of our Yeshiva," Burg eulogized. "The Rabbi used the morning to teach Torah and was murdered on his way out of the Old City. The entire Yeshiva will attend the funeral procession. May God strengthen us in this difficult time and we pray the Rabbi will be a public victim on behalf of all of Israel."

The second man murdered in the attack, Ofer Ben Ari, succumbed to his wounds at Shaare Zedek Medical Center roughly an hour before Birmacher. He is survived by his wife and two children; the funeral will be held Thursday.

A third man injured in the attack remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition at  Shaare Zedek. 




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