American-Jewish Couple Names Son After Slain Israeli Druze Police Officer


zidan-sayifA Jewish couple from New York has named their newly born son after Israeli Druze police officer Zidan Saif, who died while defending Yidden during last month’s Palestinian terrorist attack at the Kehillas Bnei Torah shul in Har Nof.

Alexander and Jennifer Chester named their son Yaakov (Koby) Zidan.

“Zidan Saif was a member of Israel’s Arabic Druze minority, a community of proudly patriotic Israelis. Like other Druze, Zidan served in the IDF, and after his service he became a policeman in Jerusalem,” Alexander Chester wrote on his Facebook page.

“Three weeks ago, when he heard of a terrorist attack on a synagogue, he didn’t hesitate for a moment because he wasn’t Jewish. He ran into a service much like this one in a room much like this one, and gave his life saving the lives of others praying in that room. He wasn’t just a Jewish hero, he was a hero for humanity,” Chester added.

Rinal Saif, Zidan Saif’s widow, said that when the couple’s baby grows up, “everyone will ask him why his name is Zidan. And then he will explain that in 2014, a hero police officer was killed in the State of Israel, and people will remember and remind others of my husband. That keeps me strong. I know that Zidan’s name will not be erased from the history of the state’s defense, even abroad. I have a lot of appreciation for the couple and I am very grateful to them for their decision. I would like to meet them. I am certain that when our baby girl Larin grows up, she will be very proud to know that someone was named after her father.”


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  1. naarish, there were four kedoshim who sit near R’ Akiva. At most the arel was from the chasidai umos h’olam. People don’t think, not their fault this generation is so twisted. Mostly emotion, no real thought.

  2. I think its a stretch to give a jewish boy such a name. To be clear – I like everyone else feel indebted to this police officer for what he did that ultimately costed him his life but I still think there are more practical ways to perpetuate his memory rather then give his name to a child that might someday be very uncomfortable with.

  3. 1. Re: the kid’s preference — They gave him Yaakov too, he can always go by that or a nickname therof, in common use.
    2. Re: Halacha — Where did the name Alexander come from? Same same same….

  4. While over $2 million has been raised so far for the Jewish families of the Har Nof victims, only a very small amount has been collected for the widow and baby daughter of Zidan Saif. PLEASE do a Kiddush Hashem and show Saif’s family and the entire Druze community how deeply grateful Klal Yisrael is for the heroism demonstrated by Sgt. Major Saif, in making the ultimate sacrifice of his life in defense of bnei Torah, by making a contribution to the “Har Nof Hero” fund at:
    Tizku l’Mitzvos

  5. Why are some of you making a fuss about the name?
    “Bizayon” “Nareeshkeit” “Nuts” Are you guys for real?! Go get an Education!

    Where did Alexander come from?

    ‘A person who saves 1 life is like saving the world.’ This couple made a Kiddush Hashem! Zidan prevented more neshamot from getting axed.

    He deserves respect!