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Amos Oz’s Son Eulogizes His Father in Emotional Facebook Post: ‘I Am Still Struggling’

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The late Israeli author Amos Oz. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The late revered Israeli writer Amos Oz, who died Friday at the age of 79, was eulogized by his son Daniel in an emotional Facebook post on Sunday.

A writer and musician, Daniel Oz was in New York when he heard his father was dying. Noting that, at the same time, an electrical accident had lit up the Manhattan sky in blue, Daniel wrote, “all the clouds and buildings were painted a supernatural turquoise” as “we ordered urgent tickets and started packing with the goal of getting there and catching his last moments.”

“The next morning,” said Daniel, “my sister Fania informed me of his death.”

“I discover to my horror that I cannot contain my father’s memory,” he continued. “Many of you already know … that the glass vessel called a man does not have enough space for this purpose. It’s new to me and so I am still struggling.”

“I would like to thank each and every one of you personally for the condolences and remembrances,” he added, “and hope to do so, but not now, and not because they are not seen and felt. They are seen and felt.”

Daniel called these fellow mourners, “Total strangers. Jews, Christians, Muslims, and non-believers. … From Israel and the rest of the world. You who wrote to me. You do not all know each other. But I see now that you are a tribe. Not every day and not in everything, but sometimes and in several specific ways you are a giant and colorful, expansive tribe. The most colorful tribe.”

“This tribe has no president and no general-secretary,” David added, “and no common denominator except by its very nature — and its willingness to act, and not just on a few essential issues, as a single great tribe not in spite of but because of its internal differences. Not always, but sometimes to be happy together. To be sad together.”

He noted, “My father once wrote, ‘Difference between human beings is not a fleeting evil but the source of blessing.’ And I know that on this one thing you all agree.”

Daniel stated that his father would be buried on Monday at Kibbutz Hulda, of which he was once a member, and in accordance with his wishes there would be no religious rituals.

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