Thousands of people sobbed aloud at a united burial for the two Efrat sisters, who were accompanied to their final resting places in Kfar Etzion on Monday.
In a Friday terror assault in the Jordan Valley, as previously reported on VIN News, 20-year-old Maia Dee and 15-year-old Rina Dee died while traveling with their family from Efrat to Teverya on the first day of Chol Hamoed Pesach.
According to The Times of Israel (https://bit.ly/3Kl6YvL), Keren Dee’s teary eulogy was painful as she spoke of the strong relationships she had formed with her sisters.
17-year-old Keren cried, “Maia, you were my whole world, my greatest friend, my big sister. We went through everything together.”
As an example for their younger siblings, Keren vowed to try her best to emulate Maia.
I doubt I’ll be able to take your place, Keren said. I swear to look after Tali and Yehuda just as you did for us.
Keren was sorry for not shielding Rina, her younger sister, from danger.
Keren remarked, “I would have done everything to have been in that automobile instead of you.
“I’m afraid to imagine what you did throughout those painful times. How did you manage all that anxiety knowing I wasn’t there to save you? A pure soul is leaving the earth.
Rabbi Leo Dee described his two children as “the two,” which was heartbreaking.
Rabbi Dee spoke passionately during the burial, praising Maia as everyone’s friend and Rina as a committed student who spent hours cleaning the neighborhood youth center.
You dreamed of touring the globe, now you’re traveling to heaven, Rabbi Dee said when discussing his daughters’ shared passion for the State of Israel and their future goals.
After expressing gratitude to people who had prayed for his 48-year-old wife Lucy’s recovery ever since she was seriously hurt during the shooting rampage, Rabbi Dee spoke movingly about the heartbreaking discussions that were to come.
“When Lucy awakens from her coma, how will I explain what has happened to her two priceless gifts?
“Rabbi Dee enquired.
Despite his intense sorrow, Rabbi Dee stressed the remarkable unity he had witnessed after the horrific incident and the need to remain optimistic in the face of extreme adversity.
Focusing on what you do have rather than what you lack is the key to having faith, according to Rabbi Dee. “I still have three fantastic kids and a fantastic wife.”
In an interview with the BBC this past weekend (https://bbc.in/3GqcRqn), Rabbi Dee revealed that nightmares had plagued him since the fatal rampage, and he was unaware his family was involved when he learned about the incident.
When calls to his wife’s and daughter’s phones remained unanswered, he looked up a picture of the assaulted automobile online and immediately knew they were responsible.
Riding in a different vehicle, Rabbi Dee remarked, “We could just see one of our suitcases in the rear seat.” Screaming and extreme panic were present.
Tragic scenes from the funeral of terror victims Maia and Rina Dee today in Efrat.
'You dreamed of traveling the world, now you’re traveling to heaven' pic.twitter.com/vlGKEgfRFT
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