The thousands of people in attendance and tens of thousands of viewers at home looked at the bereaved father, Avi Fraenkel, expecting him to stand up and walk to the microphone and recite the Kaddish prayer for his murdered son.
But then they saw his living son stand up with him, and his wife too. Racheli. Mother of Naftali. A mere minute after she had delivered a beautiful and heartbreaking eulogy for her son. Everyone thought that she and her son were walking together to stand next to Avi, to flank him as ornaments during the Kaddish prayer that he was about to recite.
But then the three of them, in unison, started to chant the Kaddish prayer: “Magnified and sanctified may His great Name be.” And all those present answered: “Amen.”