“This is your final show, your grand finale,” said the teary-eyed brother of
terror victim Evyatar Borovsky on Tuesday as he eulogized the father of five who
was stabbed to death by a Palestinian at the northern West Bank’s Tapuah
“Look at all the people who came to say goodbye to you,
Evyatar,” his brother said, bursting into tears before the crowd of mourners at
the Kfar Hassidim cemetery.
It was a dramatic end for the 31- year-old
Borovsky, who had been a stage actor for several years. The setting – a
tree-lined cemetery as the sun went down over a valley at Kfar Hassidim –
brought a certain level of beauty to a day mixed with bitter anger and sadness
for those who knew him.
People spoke of Borovsky as always having a smile
on his face, always able to light up a room.
“I can’t believe I’m seeing
you like this, not moving, [no] sign of life – it’s not you,” said his father,
“Your greatest joy was when someone laughed at your
Yosef, a neighbor of Borovsky’s, said of him, “I knew you for
seven years, and there were only two times I saw you without a smile – one of
these was today.”
Yosef described hearing about the stabbing attack at
the Tapuah Junction and how, on seeing the picture of Borovsky released to the
press, he found himself unable to recognize his friend and neighbor.
saw the picture, and I couldn’t tell it was you – you didn’t have that smile on
your face,” he said.
Standing next to a row of buses waiting to take
mourners back to Yitzhar and points beyond in the West Bank, Safed Chief Rabbi
Shmuel Eliyahu said he had known Borovsky well from the years the latter had
studied at the city’s hesder yeshiva. During his time there, Borovsky started a
men’s theater troupe, a move that met with serious skepticism from the rabbis at
first, Eliyahu recalled.
“This is something that’s not accepted, not
usually done,” he noted. “But he won us over, in a big way.”
Borovsky had always been one of the main actors in the plays, beginning with his
first – a Hanukka production that he, his friends and the theater troupe
produced, using money out of their own pockets in addition to support from the
Like the other mourners, Eliyahu spoke of Borovsky as a man
constantly possessing an inner joy that was often contagious.
smiled and had this light about him,” the rabbi said. “It was like he was on
some sort of mission.”