Eli Kay’s brother, Kasriel Kay, says he won’t eulogize his brother, per his Chabad Hasidic tradition. Instead, he urges the crowd of mourners to change their lives for the better in his memory.
“There’s no reason to be sad for him… He will be at peace,” his brother Kasriel says at the funeral.
“Eli would have [chosen] no other way [to die], either this or in the middle of the war,” he says.
“My great-grandfather Eliyahu is waiting for him [in heaven], King David is waiting for him, and they’ll take care of him,” he says, invoking his brother’s namesakes.
“Eli would have wanted every single person to give… to the best of their ability, in whatever way works for them” whatever they can for Israel, he says.