Hundreds of mourners took part Thursday evening in the levayah of Dvir Yehuda Sorek, Hy”d, the 19-year-old yeshivah student who was found stabbed to death in a terror attack that rocked the nation early in the day near Migdal Oz in Gush Etzion.
The levayah began at the beis knesses in Ofra, Sorek’s hometown, and made its way to the community’s cemetery where Dvir was laid to rest by grief-stricken family and friends.
Dvir’s father, Yoav Sorek, ybl”c, said at the levayah:
“Dear precious, loved Dvir, in a few days we were supposed to celebrate your 19th birthday. I think of these 19 years and I can’t avoid smiling because your memory reminds me of a bright face, positive thought, innocence and love for humanity.
“We received a gift for almost 19 years, a gift that spread light and goodness inside the family and outside of it. Without pretentiousness and without cynicism, for this gift I have said and I will say again: G-d giveth and G-d taketh away.
“Evil lovers of death took your life, my Dvir, but they did not harm your innocence, light and love. You left us pure, and we will try to bring about light and goodness, to strengthen our family despite the pain and to choose life,” his father said.
Rabbi Shlomo Wilk, the head of the Machanayim yeshivah, where Sorek was a student, said “he was found clutching the sefarim that he’d bought” for one of his teachers.
Teachers remembered him as having a “heart of gold.”
A resident of Ofra described him as a “good kid” and “talented musician” who loved nature, in an interview with Army Radio.
Dvir Sorek is survived by his father Yoav, mother Rachel, and six siblings ybl”c: Shachar, 24; Noah, 23; Rut, 21; Binyamin, 15; Eitan, 13; and Uri, 9.