Grieving mother turns tables on stunned visitors

Thousands have flocked to comfort the family of young terror victim Hallel Ariel in Kiryat Arba - but what they found left them speechless.

Ari Soffer,

Rena Ariel, at the funeral of her daughter in Kiryat Arba
Rena Ariel, at the funeral of her daughter in Kiryat Arba
Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

In an outpouring of national solidarity, thousands Israelis from across the country have flocked to Kiryat Arba over the past several days to comfort the family of Hallel-Yaffa Ariel, the 13-year-old girl murdered in her sleep by an Arab terrorist.

But little did they know that it was they who would be comforted, by none other than Hallel's grieving mother, Rena.

Far from encountering a broken woman, they heard Rena deliver a remarkably rousing - and moving - speech, delivering her words of chizuk (encouragement, or literally "strength") to the dumbstruck crowd.

Watch her speech, recorded by a visitor, below:




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