Raziel Shevach

Raziel ShevachOneFamily is deeply saddened by the murder of Rabbi Raziel Shevach, 35, in a drive-by shooting on a highway near his home in Havat Gilad. He leaves behind his wife and six children ranging in age from 8 months to 11 years.

The shooting took place around 8:00 pm, under cover of darkness. The terrorists fired 22 bullets at the Rabbi Shevach’s car, hitting him in the neck and upper chest. He managed to get his wife Yael on the phone. “He called me, and said, ‘I’ve been shot; call an ambulance,’” she said.

Local residents also heard the gunshots and rushed to help, finding him semi-conscious. By the time he arrived at the hospital, his heart had stopped beating and medics were unable to revive him.

The IDF launched a manhunt for the terrorists, who managed to flee the scene after the shooting.

Rabbi Shevach served as a teacher in a local yeshiva and a mohel for his local community. He was also a volunteer medic with Magen David Adom (MDA).

Raziel Shevach car

“He was a very special person,” said friend Yehuda Hass, who volunteered with Rabbi Shevach in Magen David Adom. “Just recently he received a citation for his work in the organization. He was the unofficial rabbi of Havat Gilad.”

Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau described him as a “unique, affable and rare character who devoted his life to saving lives, teaching Torah and safeguarding Judaism in the Land of Israel.”