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Dvir Sorek was murdered on Wednesday evening. The security forces and IDF are searching for the terrorist. Dvir was found with multiple stab wounds early Thursday morning between Efrat and Migdal Oz, in Gush Etzion.

Levaya – 8pm at the new cemetery in Ofra.


Rav Alex Israel wrote on his Facebook page:

We woke up this morning to the awful news.
כי עלה מות בחלונינו …להכרית עולל מחוץ בחורים מרחבות
Another murder.

A young man, a yeshiva student, stabbed to death on the way home from purchasing gifts for his teachers to thank them for a year of teaching. (And just to break certain stereotypes … what was the book he chose to purchase? The latest novel from author David Grossman… just another expression of how we cannot pigeonhole any individual on the basis of his outward appearance etc.)

This horrific murder happened meters from a busy intersection which I pass, sometimes five times a day, a stretch of road where I usually see joggers and seminary students on their way to catch a bus. (Between Efrat and Migdal Oz/Yeshivat Machanaim.)

I didn’t know Dvir Sorek personally, but I feel connected to this family, whose grandparents live in Efrat, whose father Yoav is a respected voice and thoughtful author, editor of the Shiloach journal. His book “הברית ישראלית” is an important work on the Religious-Zionist bookshelf. And, in truth, all our kids hitchhike and walk around the countryside here. This young man could ר”ל be the child of any of us.

Today, in the 9 days, we experienced yet again the heavy price we pay for returning to our homeland.

Wishing the family much comfort on this indescribable loss.
המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Dov Lipman wrote on his Facebook page:

It’s a sad, sad morning in Israel.
Dvir Yehuda Sorek, 19-years-old, was stabbed to death by Palestinian terrorists as he returned to his yeshiva after purchasing books as presents for his teachers.
Dvir’s grandfather, Rabbi Binyamin Herling, was murdered by Palestinian terrorists 19 years ago. 
Dvir is being described as a “tzaddik,” a righteous young man, who was studying in yeshiva before beginning his IDF service.
May Dvir’s family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem and may Dvir’s memory be a source of blessing.
ברוך דיין אמת. יהי זכרו ברוך

Analysis and Reports:

He was “the cornerstone” of the Machanaim Yeshiva where he studied and a much loved member of the institution.

The dean of the yeshiva, Rabbi Shlomo Vilk, said that Sorek was “a kind and gentle person” who was concerned for the environment and was kind to “every living thing.”

Click on here to read more.

The previous kidnapping and murder of three led to 2014’s Operation Protective Edge. CLICK on here to read more.

Several Palestinian factions on Thursday welcomed the murder of off-duty soldier Dvir Sorek in the Gush Etzion area, while the Palestinian Authority expressed fear that Israel would use the terror attack to intensify its security measures against Palestinians in the West Bank. CLICK on here to read more.

The factions and many Palestinian activists urged Palestinians living in villages in the Gush Etzion area to immediately delete footage or remove private security cameras so as to prevent the IDF from identifying the terrorists.

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