The levayos for the two young children who were killed in a tragic road accident Tuesday night was held Wednesday in Shavei Shomron, the town in central Shomron where the two victims, members of the Lipnick family – siblings Ori, age 13, and Ro’i, age eight – lived.
Also badly injured in the road accident were the children’s mother, Shirlee, age 35, and another child, age 12. Ohad Lipnick, the father, was listed in moderate condition, and a five-month-old infant is being treated for light injuries. All were being treated at Meir Hospital in Kfar Sava.
Despite his injuries, Mr. Lipnick arrived in an ambulance and was carried out in a stretcher to participate in the levayah of his two children.
In his hesped, he said, addressing the children: “Ori, you were our senior helper at home. You always loved to volunteer. You would cause such a smile that we would have it the whole Shabbat.
“Roi, it’s impossible to separate from you, the glow of your face and your happiness. How much joy you brought. I will miss you at the Shabbat table. You always knew all the answers. I so wanted you to read on your Bar Mitzvah. You loved the Torah with all your heart.”
“I separate from you in your mother’s name and mine. The Mishnah says that a man must make a brachah on the bad just as he makes a brachah on the good. Not to ask why, just to say thank you. Guard them by You [Hashem] until we join them.”
Rav of the Shomron Council, Rabbi Elyakim Levanon, said: “We turn in prayer to strengthen the dear father, may you stand on your feet and may the doctors succeed in helping the family.”
The incident occurred on Road 557 in central Shomron, near Shavei Shomron, when the car the Lipnicks were traveling in crashed head-on into a vehicle driven by a Palestinian. Also killed in the crash was a 21-year-old Palestinian passenger, a resident of Tul Karem.
An initial inquiry into the incident indicated that the driver of the Palestinian vehicle lost control of the vehicle due to excessive speeding and entered the opposite lane, blocking the path of the Lipnicks’ vehicle.