Following the emotional funeral of Max Steinberg, the 24-year-old from Woodland Hills who joined the Israeli Defense Forces and gave his life defending Israel, the ever-tactful Secretary of State John Kerry asked the young hero’s mother how her day was going.
The Jewish Journal reports that after the funeral the family moved to the Crowne Plaza Hotel to begin their Shiva, when John Kerry walked in to pay his respects.
“How’s your day?” Kerry asked as he sat down. “How’s your day?” Evie asked back. “My day’s going better than yours,” he said.
Kerry managed to recover long enough to say:
I am so honored to be here. I am in awe of your son, truly. And I think you know, I served in the military, and I have great respect for anybody who… especially puts themself willingly in harm’s way. And as an American, we’re so proud of the affection that he felt, just the love he felt, and the roots he found in this country.