Rabbi Moshe Levinger in Hevron
Rabbi Moshe Levinger in Hevron Flash 90

Rabbi Moshe Levinger, of blessed memory, one of the founders of the Gush Emunim settlement movement and founder of the modern-day Jewish community in Hevron, was laid to rest in Hevron on Sunday. 

President Reuven Rivlin eulogized Rabbi Levinger.

"[Levinger] wrote a letter to David Ben-Gurion and for the renewal of Jewish settlement in Hevron," Rivlin noted, adding that he had called Hevron a "sister city" to Jerusalem. "It's hard for us to say goodbye." 

Rivlin described the figure of Rabbi Moshe Levinger and said that while he "would never call himself a man of consensus," he wanted "brothers from all sides." 

Former Rabbi of Kiryat Arba-Hevron, Rabbi Dov Lior, also eulogized Levinger.

"We are gathered here on the day of the liberation of Jerusalem" began Rabbi Lior, "and a significant part of what we had to do liberate Jerusalem is due to Rabbi Moshe, who drove and worked to liberate [other] parts of our country."

"There is no doubt that it was the center of his life's ambitions," Rabbi Lior continued. "With Gush Emunim, the public wanted to settle all parts of the country, Rabbi Levinger drew the public here, to a hotel, on that famous Passover. Then the community was allowed to settle other areas." 

"You included everyone - concern for the people of Israel, included all of Israel," eulogized Rabbi Haim Druckman. "Without you, where would be entire parts of the country today?"

"After all, you made sure that Israel will settle its borders again," he added. "You insisted on not giving up." 

"The people of Israel are mourning with you," he concluded. "Reality will remember you forever, for all of the work that you've done. How appropriate that today we mourn you, on Jerusalem Day." 

"We will continue to build the nation of Israel. We will continue to build the land of Israel. This is what you wanted. We do not give up, we will continue to. Have the tenacity and you do not doubt your soul deceived treasures tucked away among the righteous."

After the eulogies, mourners moved from the ceremony at the Cave of the Patriarchs to the ancient Jewish cemetery in Hevron, where Rabbi Levinger will be laid to rest.

credit: מנהלת מערת המכפלה
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