Dafna's husband: 'Your truth will rise up from the earth'

Natan Meir, whose wife Dafna was murdered Sunday: 'It took us a moment to fall in love. I said to you, welcome. I now say, farewell.'
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 1/18/2016, 1:34 PM

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Natan Meir, whose wife Dafna was murdered Sunday by a knife-wielding terrorist, was the last to eulogize her at her funeral Monday morning. It was a short, poetic, extremely touching tribute to a mother of six - including two adopted children - and a dedicated nurse.

"We met as soldiers, on the border with Lebanon," he said tearfully. "It took us a moment to fall in love. It took you a moment. I said to you then, 'Welcome.' I say to you now, 'Farewell.' We are only thankful for every moment we had with you. You left me six treasures, I will guard over them for you."

He recited his children's names – Renana (17), Akiva (15), Noa (11), Ahava (10), Yair (6) and Yaniv – and said that they were "Unique, and imprinted with your seal."

He turned to God, and assured Him that his faith has not been weakened by the murder. "Dear Father, I have no second thoughts about you at all, give us strength, be present at our home, let us feel your warm embrace, your love."

"My Dafna is one in a million," he went on. "One in a million, who grew up in a troubled home and managed to rebuild herself and give kindness back to the world."

"Dafna had a large crown: the crown of truth," Natan said. "She was very honest, as accurate as a razor. Not everyone liked that but everyone was able to appreciate it, and this truth has now been thrown to the ground, it has burst into smithereens.

"I request that everyone who came out here, pick up something from the light that was spilled on the ground, so that truth may spring from the earth .

"My dear Dafna'leh, thank you for every moment with you, and please forgive me for every moment in which I hurt you. Our love is too great to be a passing thing. Rest in peace and stand in eternity with all of the departed of Israel and we shall say amen."