Rabbi Nechemya Lavi

Police award posthumous honor to rabbi slain trying to prevent attack

Nechemya Lavi, who was killed last October when he tried to save a young man and his wife from a knife attack, will receive a commendation from the Israel Police for his bravery.

Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh has approved posthumously awarding a special commendation from the police to Rabbi Nechemya Lavi, who died in a stabbing attack last October in Jerusalem's Old City.



During the attack, a terrorist armed with a knife attacked Aharon Banita-Bennett and his wife, stabbing them repeatedly. Lavi, who was at his home at the time, rushed to assist and was murdered. Border police troops who arrived at the scene shot and killed the terrorist.


Alsheikh telephoned the rabbi's widow, Neta, and informed her of the award. She said, commenting on the recognition of her husband's heroic act to provide aid, "It's good to see that the state doesn't forget, and that there's appreciation from the Israel Police."


Lavi, his wife, and six of their children
Lavi, his wife, and six of their children


Elkana Bar-Eitan Breton, Lavi's brother in law, wrote on his Facebook timeline, "Nechemya worked very hard every day for years in order to be the special person he was. Nechemya always put others before him so it was obvious to anyone who knew him that if he had to sacrifice his life in order to save others he would do so… I am lucky and honored to have these amazing people as family."


Lavi, who lived in the capital for 23 years, was 41 years old at his death. He served in the IDF as a combat soldier and joined the military rabbinate as part of an initiative to draw rabbis with experience in combat. He left behind his wife and seven children.


פרסום ראשון: 08.17.16, 18:33
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