Rabbi Abuhatzeira
Rabbi AbuhatzeiraArutz Sheva courtesy of Kikar HaShabbat

The Beersheba District Court Sunday accepted  the opinion of psychiatrists that the murderer of Kabbalah Rabbi Elazar Abuhatzeira (Baba Elazar) is fit to stand trial.

Asher Dan has been indicted for the shocking murder of the revered rabbi last year with a knife after Dahan was not able to solve marital problems despite Rabbi Abuhatzeira’s advice.

The panel of psychiatrists said that Dahan was able to distinguish between right and wrong at the time of the murder and contradicted his attorney’s argument that he is mentally ill. A Be’er Sheva district psychiatrist several weeks ago determined that Dahan should not remain in jail and instead should be sent to a mental hospital.

Dahan admitted to police he murdered Rabbi Abuhatzeira at his home, where he arrived to ask for more advice.  

The murder suspect had taken a 24.5-centimeter (14-inch) commando knife from the room of the rabbi’s son before entering the rabbi’s study. Dahan allegedly then took the knife out of his tefillin [phylacteries] bag and placed it in his pants pocket, under his jacket, so he could pull it out easily and quickly.

The indictment stated that Dahan distracted the attention of Rabbi Abuhatzeira by handing him a pre-written note. Dahan murmured, “In the name of HaShem (the Creator), we will act and succeed,” a maxim used when attempting something difficult.

As Rabbi Abuhatzeira read the note, Dahan stabbed him with fatal blows to his chest.