Torah Scroll Dedicated to Druze Israeli Policeman Killed Rescuing Jewish Worshipers in Palestinian Terrorist Attack
Ten months after his heroic death, an Israeli Druze police officer is being honored with a Torah scroll in his memory, nrg reported on Thursday.
Master Sergeant Zidan Nahad Seif was killed while trying to save Jewish worshipers at a Jerusalem synagogue under attack by Palestinian terrorists armed with axes, knives and a gun.
The Torah scroll is being donated by Chilean-Jewish multi-millionaire Leonardo Farkash.
Seif’s family members, including his widow and two children, as well as leaders of Israel’s Druze community, will take part in the dedication ceremony — which involves carrying the Torah scroll to the Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood, where the police officer lost his life in the line of duty, along with four Jewish worshipers.
Rinal, Seif’s widow, expressed her gratitude for the dedication of the Torah scroll, so sacred to Jews.
“I appreciate this very much, that they are honoring Zidan and and not another Jewish or religious person, but specifically Zidan who was from a different religion. This is truly a great honor for us,” she said.
Seif, 30, of Yanuh-Jat, had been one of two law-enforcement officers to arrive at the scene of the bloody attack, carried out by two terrorists who entered the synagogue, and began stabbing and hacking congregants to death.
Seif was shot in the head during a gunfight with the assailants, whose attack left Rabbi Moshe Twersky, Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, Rabbi Kalman Levine and Aryeh Kupinsky dead — and seven others seriously wounded.
Seif, who died after being evacuated from the scene to the hospital, was posthumously promoted to the rank of First Sergeant. He was survived by his wife, two young children, his parents and five siblings. His funeral was attended by hundreds of Jews, among them members of Israel’s ultra-Orthodox community, President Reuven Rivlin, Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich, Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino and MK Eli Yishai from the Sephardi ultra-Orthodox Shas party.