“שארו חברייא בבכיה ורבי אלעזר בריה נפיל” – Tens of Thousands Attend Levaya of Rav Elazar Abuchatzeirah zt”l

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levaya-of-rav-elazar-abuchatzeirah[Click here to watch the levaya live [concluded]. Video and photos below.] Tens of thousands attended the levaya of Baba Elazar Abuchatzeirah zt”l in Yerushalayim this afternoon, after he was stabbed to death in the early hours of the morning.

The levaya began from Yeshiva Porat Yosef, where hespeidim were delivered by Chacham Ovadia Yosef, Baba David Abuchatzeirah and others.

The levaya proceeded to Har Hazeisim where the kevurah took place.

The levaya was attended by Israel’s chief Rabbis Rav Yona Metzger and Rav Shlomo Amar, Rav Bakshi Doron, as well as by the charedi MKs and ministers.

MDA paramedics treated some 30 people who suffered from fainting spells and dehydration during the levaya. Three people were taken to Bikur Cholim Hospital and Sha’are Tzedek Hospital to receive further treatment.

Baba Elazar, as first reported here on Matzav.com, was stabbed in a Beer Sheva just after midnight by a man who come to him ostensibly to receive a bracha. Baba Elazar was rushed to the Soroka Medical Center in Beer Sheva in critical condition. Paramedics attempted to resuscitate him, but he passed away en route to the hospital.

Police arrested a suspect, Asher Dahan, 42, from Elad, who they said was delivered to officers by a crowd. The suspect was taken for questioning. Judges in the Beer Sheva Magistrates’ Court ruled this morning to extend the arrest of Dahan. Dahan’s arrest was extended and he will remain in custody until a further hearing on August 10. Judge Amit Cohen also ordered that Dahan undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

The motive for the homicide has not been established at this stage. Dahan’s attorney said that his client said that he did not intend to kill Baba Elazar and he was sorry for his actions, according to an Army Radio report.

Click here to watch a video of the levaya.

See below for photos of the levaya:



{Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel, The Jerusalem Post contributed to this report}

7 COMMENTS

  1. first leiby then baba eliezer hashem please help us in galut please make tisha bav a happy time from this year and forever may it be a kapara for am yisrael

  2. “33. Comment from Be
    Time July 13, 2011 at 8:15 AM

    ???? ???? ???
    Time to move to Eretz yisrael”

    This was posted at the time of Leiby’s murder.
    Is it now time to move to Anartica?

  3. BOTH INCIDENTS INVOLVED MEN THAT LOOKED THE PART IN EVERY WAY!! FROM THE DRESS AND BEYOND HOWEVER THE EVIL WAS THERE FESTERING WITHIN!!! I BELIEVE IT IS TIME WE PUT MORE KOACH INTO RAISING OUR CHILDREN WITH A STRONG PNIMIOUS AND NOT BE SO BUSY WITH EVERYONES CHITZONIOS!!!!

  4. are we ready to confess our sins to Hashem & start doing teshuva yet? or do we C”V need more tragic events to happen?

    6 tzaddikim in a matter of 5 weeks is not a strong enough message from hashem to start doing teshuva?

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