Thousands of people attend the funeral of Malachy Moshe Rosenfeld in Kochav Hashachar. Rosenfeld, 25, was murdered in a shooting attack on a road in the West Bank on Monday night. He succumbed to his wounds on Tuesday.
“Dear Malachy, my beloved. How this name fit you, you angel! How proud of you we were,” his father, Eliezer, mourned. The father was commenting on the name Malachy, which means angel in Hebrew.
Rosenfeld leaves behind his parents, Eliezer and Sarah, and seven siblings. Thirteen years ago, his eldest brother, Yitzhak, an IAF pilot, was killed during a hike in the south. Malachy’s parents donated his corneas after he died.
Eliezer Rosenfeld, a musician, said: “Malachy – I started playing when God took away your uncle, Yitzhak. Twenty-two years later, He also took sweet Yitzhaki [Malachi’s brother]. This was the second act, and then I started singing. To stand on a stage every evening and to play when one’s heart is burning, to make people happy. And now this is the third act. What, dear Lord? Have we not sung well enough? What did we do wrong?”
Education Minister Naftali Bennett attended the funeral. He said: “Rosenfelds, I cry with you and salute you today. ‘We went to play basketball and they wanted to murder us,’ said Yair Hoffer [one of the other people hurt in the shooting attack] who is with us today. In basketball opponents play on the same court with the same rules. Our enemies live also on the same court, the same ground, but they don’t have the same rules. We play by the rules of Jewish morals and they behave like savages. We risk our lives not to hurt the innocent, while they risk their lives to hurt the innocent. Our enemy is not like us, they are not a member of the family of nations.”