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Jul 26, 2002 | 17th of Av, 5762 | י״ז באב תשס״ב
July 26, 2002 – Hannah Dikstein, 42 of Psagot her husband Yosef and their 9-year-old son Shuv’el Zion were killed in a shooting attack south of Hebron. Two other children were injured.
At least two Palestinian terrorists waited by the side of the road near Yatta, south of Hebron to ambush an Israeli car. Elazar Liebowitz was driving newlyweds Neria and Sara Ben-Yitzhak to Tel Rumeida in Hebron. When they reached the Zeif intersection terrorists opened fire on them fatally wounding Elazar. The Dikstein family on their way to Maon in the southern Hebron area to spend Shabbat with friends approached from the opposite direction. Hannah Dikstein was killed along with her husband Yosef and their 9-year-old son Shuv’el Zion. Their 12-year-old son Shlomo was moderately wounded by a bullet in the shoulder and 2-year-old Adiel was lightly injured.
Rabbi Yosef Ya’akov Dikstein and his wife Hannah moved to their new home in the community of Psagot in Samaria about eight months ago. They previously lived in the Kiryat Moshe neighborhood of Jerusalem where Rabbi Dikstein taught in the Netiv Meir Yeshiva. Hannah taught in Bayit Vegan College in Jerusalem and the Evelina De Rothchild Girls’ High School as well as teaching computers in the Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood. The couple were longtime affiliates of the Mercaz HaRav Kook Yeshiva community in Jerusalem.
Yosef and Hannah were devoted to their ten children aged 2 to 20, and particularly to their education. Devoting special attention to each one of them. A family friend Hannah Diamant described them as an optimistic and happy couple.
Zvi Yehuda their eldest son, named after Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Hacohen Kook told of growing up as children in a home steeped in ideology, a home where his parents gave up their own personal dreams for those of their children and vowed to follow in their footsteps.
Hannah Dikstein was buried in Psagot along with her husband Yosef and son Shuv’el. She leaves behind nine children: Zvi Yehuda (20), Zofia (19), Ayelet Hashahar (17), MosheYedidya (16), Renana (14), Shlomo (12), Benaya (7), Shir-el (4) and Adiel (2).
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