Heroic IDF soldier's widow remarries - to his teacher

Major Roi Klein's widow Sarah marries his pre-IDF academy teacher, Rabbi Yigal Levenstein. The pair 'completes the circle,' friends say.

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During the 2006 war in Lebanon, Major Roi Klein's final act made him a hero around Israel.

His soldiers were caught up in an intense firefight with Hezbollah jihadists when one of the terrorists threw a grenade. Klein immediately yelled "Shema Yisrael" and jumped on the explosive, sacrificing himself in order to save his men.

In recognition of his bravery, the IDF posthumously awarded Klein the Medal of Courage.

Last week his widow Sarah married to Rabbi Yigal Levenstein, one of Roi's former teachers. Rabbi Levenstein taught Klein at the Bnei David pre-military academy in the community of Eli, Samaria.

The wedding was a small event in Jerusalem. The following day the couple began their joint life in Eli and held a celebration with Bnei David students, who described the match as "completing the circle." One told Walla news service: "Along with all the sadness, they are now building a new and faithful home in Israel."

The rabbi's first wife, author Ronit Levinstein, passed away last November, leaving behind five children. Sarah has two children of her own as well.

There is a moderate age difference between 39-year-old Sarah and her 60-year-old husband, but their friends and neighbors are confident that the two will have a strong marriage. As one explained to Olam Katan: "Rabbi Yigal lives a life of service. He is a man on a mission, and the fact that his (late) wife told him to marry Sarah is certainly important. Sara is also a special person in her own right. They are a fitting pair."

He continued, "If someone could step into Roi's shoes, it would be Rabbi Yigal. He is an outstanding scholar and a serious man. A noble man. Whoever knows the two knows that it will work out well."








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