Prof. Haim Rabinowitch

Eulogy by Prof. Haim Rabinowitch, Rector of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

On the first anniversary of Orit's death, 27 February 2003

 

[Orit was studying for a master's degree at Hebrew University at the time of her death.]

 

I came today to commemorate the memory of Orit Ozarov, who went out with some friends on a Saturday night one year ago, and never returned home.

I came today to commemorate the memory of Orit Ozarov, who was murdered in the prime of her life, not for any personal reason but because she was an Israeli, because she was Jewish, because she lived here, like we do, like all of us, like me and like you. Every one of us sitting here today could have been the target of those despicable killers who centered Orit – actually all of us – in their sights.

Orit was 28 years old when she died, only twenty-eight years old when she died, and her friends know, and we have heard, that she was quiet but vibrant and joyful. She was a talented student, loved to sing and was an honest and decent person, a wonderful friend, always happy to help others.

Orit was born in 1974 and grew up in Jerusalem. She went to René Cassin High School, where she sang for her own pleasure and for the pleasure of all those around her – the class singer, the school singer, who will never sing again.

Orit served in the army and afterwards studied early childhood education at David Yellin College. Last year Orit decided to utilize her talents and study for a master's degree in Jewish folklore at the Hebrew University. Then came the awful explosion, and her song was silenced; all the lovely plans she had weaved unraveled in an instant, and Orit is no more.

 

I, Haim Rabinowitch, Rector of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and all of the teachers and students remember you and bow our heads in grief.

May you memory be blessed.