Tragedy at Ohr Torah Stone

Dvir Sorek, zichrono livrachaWords are insufficient to express the depth of pain and sadness we feel at Ohr Torah Stone and throughout the Jewish world as we mourn the brutal murder of our beloved Dvir Sorek zt”l, a unique young man of sweet soul and gentle spirit who was one day shy of completing his first year in our Robert M. Beren Machanaim Hesder Yeshiva. 

On Wednesday, following afternoon learning, Dvir left the yeshiva to purchase sefarim that he intended to give as gifts to his rabbis yesterday, the last day of class.  He called his study partner to inform him that he would be on time for their Wednesday night learning session, but when Dvir did not return to the yeshiva, groups of police, IDF, and classmates immediately began looking for him. 

Several hours later his lifeless body was found, clutching the books that he had purchased.  It is thought that Dvir was grabbed after descending from his bus en route to the yeshiva, murdered, and then left by his attackers at another location. 

Yesterday at the Yeshiva we cried together, sang together and talked about Dvir, for he was a pillar of the yeshiva. We can be very proud of our faculty at the yeshiva who exceptionally engaged their students with the help of mental health professionals – even as they, too, were overcome with grief.

Thousands came to the very moving funeral for Dvir which began with slow song, followed by eulogies and burial in his home town of Ofra.

In the Bible, Dvir is another name for the Holy of Holies. Our Dvir was taken from us on the 7th day of Av 5779/2019. We eagerly pray for a time in the near future when the Three Weeks and Tisha B’Av will be transformed into a period of joy and celebration, and the senseless violence and hatred that consumed our beloved Dvir will be a faint memory.

Shabbat Shalom and have a meaningful and easy fast.


Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander
President and Rosh HaYeshiva, Ohr Torah Stone

Rabbi Shlomo Vilk, Rosh Yeshiva of the Robert M. Beren Machanaim Hesder Yeshiva, delivers a eulogy at the funeral of Dvir Sorek, z”l (in Hebrew). 

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