“You were the heart of the department”: Sergeant Uri Yitzhak Hadad was laid to rest

Sergeant Uri Yitzhak Haddad, 21, from Be’er Sheva, a fighter in Battalion 931, the Nahal Brigade, who fell in battle in the southern Gaza Strip, was laid to rest today (Monday) on Mount Herzl. Uri is the sixth member of the Itamar synagogue to fall since the beginning of the war. The funeral was attended by hundreds of friends and family members. The mayor of Beer Sheva, Robbie Danilovich, paid tribute to the fallen citizen. Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich and MK Moshe Solomon were also present at the funeral.

Sergeant Uri Yitzhak Hadad, Photography: None

A representative of the Nahal Brigade said at the beginning of the funeral: “Your constant phrase was ‘what the IDF needs – we will do.’ Always. We ask you and your commanders to say goodbye to you and give you the last respect. They fight to protect the citizens of the country at all costs.”

Uri’s father, Rabbi Zion Haddad: “I am neither a man of words nor a man of obituaries. At the previous funeral I was here we said ‘God gave and God took away, may the name of God be blessed’. And here I say – thank God for your pure innocence. For uniting a special group around you. You were convinced of the rightness of the way. Throughout the war you sent us videos of yourself singing and singing in an exciting way. You were a special boy, sweeter than honey.”

Brother Yishai paid tribute to his younger brother in uniform after he also fought in Gaza: “At the beginning of the war I was afraid that something would happen to you. I told you that I was watching over you, but you were the one who watched over me. You acted like the big brother. Thank you for watching over me. Thank you for being the big brother of a people Israel. You gave your soul for your brothers, for people you don’t know, so thank you, on behalf of all the people of Israel. I’m sorry I didn’t manage to keep you, I miss you.” .

Sergeant Uri Yitzhak Hadad is laid to rest, Photo: Oren Ben Hakon

Uri’s mother, Chava, paid tribute to him: “My Ori, my Or, a sweet redhead with a permanent smile on her face who always says the right sentence at the right time. Everything was small about you. Who will sing for us on Shabbat evening now? You always told me.” As much as we have to stay to fight, we will postpone the return to the Yeshiva. As a mother, I will join the bereaved family in the difficult time, and we will not give up. The unity between us will spread a lot of light from your light, every day I would say the song of – Psalm 27: ‘One thing I have asked of the Lord that I will ask, I will dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.’ And now Orikosh, together with my parents and all the royal slain, make a great noise in the sky and aim for complete victory.”

Sister Shira: “You did everything you could to protect the home and the homeland. I was always afraid of you because I knew that your soul was too high for this world. You would all come. Be an advocate of honesty for the people of Israel, bring redemption, we can’t do it anymore. May our leaders have the proper thought, without apologizing.”

Uri’s little brother, Zur, spoke last with his two older brothers by his side: “Every time a warrior fell in battle, I asked myself, ‘How does it make sense that everyone is the best?’, now I understand. That perfect smile that is full of light and love. You were calm but also the best warrior Strong. You wanted me to be better, that we would all be better now you are always with us, I will miss you very much.”

Sergeant Uri Yitzhak Hadad is laid to rest, Photo: Oren Ben Hakon

The mayor of Beer Sheva, Robbie Danilovich: “Uri, you symbolize the beauty of the people of Israel. The beauty of the homeland and the beauty of the people and the beauty of the holy Israeli doctrine and faith. You and your friends symbolize the beauty and light that exists in this country. The cradle of faith, Judaism and kindness. The parents You are people of education who come from love. Here in Mount Herzl we shout the cry of our heroes who are fighting for this good country. I have attended over 50 funerals, I have bowed my head. They understand that our enemies only want to eliminate us And destroy us all. They sacrifice themselves so that we can live here. Our dear light, but a heavy one fell on Beer Sheva and the people of Israel. Our city hurts and mourns the fall of one of its beautiful and good sons who symbolize the beautiful land of Israel Israel lives and exists and is full of faith.”

The head of the Itamar yeshiva, Rabbi Yehoshua van Dijk: “Uri, modest, quiet, kind hearted, always with a simple faith, you were happy, you loved the yeshiva and the friends. You fell as a hero, you fell as a warrior. You agreed to secure the shaft and were a hero until the last moment. We have great sorrow, but we are not broken. We will continue to fight bravely until victory. The warriors know the dangers, but their hearts are lion dogs. The cruel enemy will not break us. As a result of the war, it was discovered that we are brotherly people.’

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