Elazar Yitzhak Koltai, 13, was among 45 people who died in the stampede that became Israel's biggest civilian disaster. Koltai grew up in the the U.S. city of Passaic in the state of New Jersey, before making Aliyah with his parents to live in Jerusalem.
Koltai studied with Schupak in the Beit Meir Yeshiva near Jerusalem. He was killed while waiting for a school shuttle near a bus stop at the entrance to Jerusalem. Schupak's another schoolmate, Elhanan Biton, is still hospitalized at Shaare Zedek Medical Center, having been moderately wounded in the blast.
Rabbi Naftali Schreiver, the head of the yeshiva, gave a heartfelt eulogy at Shchupak's funeral. "When I started teaching here 22 years ago, I thought I was going to educate our children in the ways of the Torah," he said. "I never imagined that after just one year of losing one of my students, I'd be eulogizing another one who dies just like that. In one explosion.
Over a year ago Schupak attended Elazar's funeral. "I will tell Aryeh now what I told Elazar then: Your soul lingers above us, and shall remain in this state until you're buried."
Rabbi Schreiver learned that Shchupak wasn't feeling well and told him he can stay at home and recuperate, "but the child insisted to go to school."
"He didn't know how to be upset, and was always helpful to anyone who needed anything."