President Reuven and First Lady Nechama Rivlin at the Rosh Hashanah reception

The nation of Israel is mourning the 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.

The President of Israel and his family thanked the medical and hospital staff for the sensitive and professional care the First Lady received. They also thanked the citizens of Israel who prayed for her, and who have sent letters and children’s drawings to the hospital and the President’s Residence each and every day.

Nechama, who passed at 73 long suffered from pulmonary fibrosis. It’s a condition that made her breathing difficult and required her to carry a portable oxygen tank.

The First lady married Reuven Rivlin in 1970 and has always supported him in his various political roles but generally shied away from politics. Instead, she took an active role in taking care of the citizens of Israel through her kind deeds and partaking in social service programs.

There have been many condolences sent throughout the day on social media that reflected the special woman she was.

Former Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said: “Together with all the citizens of Israel, I share the sorrow of President Rivlin for the passing of his wife Nechama. The Rivlins were a model couple, an example of truth and love. I got to know Nechama in recent years and discovered a wonderful personality with a tremendous love for the state and the citizens of Israel. May her memory be blessed.”

Labor Party Chairman Avi Gabbay said that ” All Israelis feel the pain of Nechama Rivlin’s passing.I send an embrace and condolences to the president and his family. Nechama’s humility and love for her fellow human being will always be with us”.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote ”We have all prayed for her health during the recent period, when she fought heroically for her life”.

Former Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said: “She was a special person, her bright and shining countenance touched everyone she encountered. She will be greatly missed”.

She will be buried tomorrow at the Mount Herzl national cemetery in Jerusalem.