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Jews and Druze Bond in Memory of Brave Policeman

Rabbi Eckstein and father of slain Druze police officer Zidan Saif lay a wreath in memorial (Photo: Daniel Bar On)

In November 2014, a terrorist attack on a Jerusalem synagogue left four worshipers dead. Also killed was Zidan Saif, the Druze police officer who was first on the scene and helped put a stop to the attack. At the time, Rabbi Eckstein extended to Zidan's family and community the love of not only the Jewish people, but of all those who stand for Israel. Now, Yediot Achronot's Yifat Erlich reports that the Jewish and Druze communities have again come together, for a shared biblical celebration:

Rinal Seif has worn only black for 13 months, during which she mourned the death of her husband the police officer, Master Sergeant Zidan Nahad Seif, who was killed while attempting to stop the terrorist attack at the synagogue in Jerusalem's Har Nof neighborhood...

Both pain and light radiate from Rinal's face, an impossible contradiction - as impossible as calling a young, beautiful 23-year-old woman, whose deep blue eyes burn with noble determination, a "widow."

"The Druze customs allow each person to determine how long they want to mourn. There are those that after 40 days end the mourning period. It took me a long time, but after a year and one month, I realized I wanted to get back to living life, for him, for Zidan, and for our daughter. Zidan gave his life for other people's lives, and I want to continue this life. I do everything in honor of Zidan."

"At our Shabbat table, it is custom to read from the Torah," says Yonatan Nissim, who is hosting Rinal, her brother and her daughter in his home. "Today we don't need to say anything. The things you're saying, Rinal, are stronger than any quote from the Torah. There's no need for words..."

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