HEARTBREAKING EULOGY: ‘You were born during a storm and were murdered preparing for snow’
Shlomit Krigman’s mother eulogizes her daughter murdered by a Palestinian terrorist on Monday.
Shlomit Krigman was born in the middle of a storm and murdered almost 24 years later, preparing for a snow that never fell, her mother Na’ama said as she stood by her daughter’s body in Jerusalem’s Har Hamenuhot cemetery on Monday.
The young woman was fatally stabbed by two Palestinian terrorists in the evening, before just one week short of her birthday, as she walked past the local grocery store in the West Bank settlement of Beit Horon.
She was on her way to buy a warm coat for the impending snow storm that was forecast to hit the region.
Doctors at the Sha’are Zedek Medical center fought for close to 12 hours to save Shlomit’s life.
“You entered the world on a snowy day and you left this world because you feared the oncoming storm. But the snow, as if it was shying away from us, never arrived,” said Na’ama.
“We are burying you in Jerusalem, as you requested, in one of our conversations about the situation.
“Your smile, your soul, your zest for life, will stay with us always. Rest in peace,” Na’ama said.
The hundreds of mourners could not fit into the cemetery’s small stone sanctuary. They huddled in the plaza outside and spilled onto the concrete road. The sea of umbrellas they held up against the cold rain made for an impromptu awning as their tears mixed with the raindrops.
Shlomit’s grandmother Ilana, who lives in Beit Horon, recalled how just that morning she and her husband ate the most normal of breakfasts with their granddaughter.
“I waited for you to return to a hot bowl of soup that you so loved,” Ilana said. Shlomit had been living with her grandparents this past year, as she worked in a national service position nearby in Jerusalem. In addition, she volunteered as a counselor for the Bnei Akiva youth group in Beit Horon.
Her parents’ house was in the Jordan Valley community of Shadmot Mechola where she had grown up, which was too far away for a daily commute.
“She filled every corner of the house,” Ilana said. During their time together she spoke often of her parents and her boyfriend Noam.
He had suggested that she get a coat, because she lacked a proper one.
“I told her what kind of coat to get, with such detail that as she stood in the doorway I added that I might as well have offered to sew it for her,” said Ilana as she broke into tears.”
“It should be one with long sleeves and a hood, so you won’t be cold. It shouldn’t be too heavy, so you can wear it every day,”
“Part of my heart will be buried today; we so loved you,” Ilana said.
Noam said the two met at Ariel University, where Shlomit received a bachelors of arts in industrial design.
“I fell in love with you the first moment I saw you.”
After much pursuit on his part, she agreed with
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