by Gil Ronen
(IsraelNN.com) Rabbi Meir Avshalom Chai, 40, of Shavei Shomron, was mortally wounded in the head Thursday afternoon when terrorists fired at the car he was traveling in, between the Jewish communities of Shavei Shomron and Einav in Samaria, west of Shechem, according to preliminary reports. He left behind seven children, the youngest of which is two months old and the oldest of which is 17.
The slain rabbi’s funeral will leave the Shamgar funeral home in Jerusalem at 10:00 Friday and proceed to the Mount of Olives.
A spokesperson for Shavei Shomron said that Rabbi Meir Chai worked as an educator at the local school and kindergarten, and that the children were very attached to him. He lived in the community for 14 years and was considered a wise Torah scholar, modest and well-loved.
A large force of Israeli soldiers and police has started searching for the terrorists, who escaped the scene.
Magen David Adom emergency services declared the victim of the shooting dead late Thursday afternoon.
From Glezele Vayne