Kobi Levy read beautifully from the Torah; the absence of his sister Rachel was on everyone’s mind. Rachel Levy lost her life six years ago at age 17, when a female suicide bomber exploded herself at the entrance to a Jerusalem supermarket, killing her instantly.
Kobi’s older sister was on her way into the supermarket when the guard, Chaim Smadar, suspected a terrorist trying to enter, and fought her from getting inside the supermarket. The guard lost his life but prevented the deaths of many more.
30 were wounded in that infamous attack.
Members of Chabad’s Terror Victims, by now close friends of the Levy family, worked closely with Kobi to prepare him for his bar-mitzvah. His Torah reading at the Kotel inspired family and friends, and seemed to close a circle that began 20 years ago, when his older brother Guy, was prepared for his bar mitzvah by Rabbi Green of Chabad of the Valley, in LA.