The nation of Israel is mourning the recent passing of Nechama Rivlin, the wife of President Reuven Rivlin died at Beilinson Hospital in Petach Tikva after relapsing from her lung transplant a few months ago. Nechama, who passed at 73 long suffered from pulmonary fibrosis was laid to rest at the Mount Herzl national cemetery in Jerusalem.

The First lady shied away from the political spotlight, preferring to spend her time giving back to the citizens of Israel. Nechama was especially proud of the women who served in the IDF.

On Hanukkah, the First Lady of Israel invited a number of female soldiers to light the Hanukkah candles with her.

“What you do is incredible, brave and groundbreaking. “You march forward and talk, set boundaries, demand recognition, justice, and equality. Is it not clear that we women are strong? Is it not obvious that we can do whatever we want?” the late First Lady said.

Later, the soldiers told her about their experiences as part of the IDF’s pilot experiment to examine the suitability of females as soldiers in the Armored Corps. “I’ll tell you this,” Rivlin said, “what you are doing is wonderful and brave not because you are women but because you are doing something significant, just like the guys serving with you.”

May Nechama’s Rivlin’s soul rest in peace, and may the nation be comforted among the mourners of Zion.