Friday, January 9, 2009


I apologize for this blogspot not being up to date yesterday with the pictures and information on the fallen soldiers in Operation Cast Lead. They were posted immediately on the parallel site Today in Israel.

The truth be told, it was very difficult emotionally to get through posting the information even one time and I was not able yesterday to go through the posting a second time. Our deepest prayers and thoughts are with the families who have lost their sons and husbands and brothers.....and with their brothers in arms who mourn the loss of their officers and comrades in deep and personal who inspired and taught the rest of us by their lives of dedication and courage.

Here are the three casualties of yesterday's fighting:

Major Ro'i Rosner, 27, commander of 90 men in the Haruv Battalion of the Kfir Brigade, was killed by anti-tank missiles while fighting in the former Gush Katif town of Netzarim. Ro'i was married just 10 months ago, and two weeks ago received the keys to a new apartment. Just before entering Gaza, Ro'i led his men. with Rabbi Asaf Azriel, in an emotionally charged series of prayers and blessings, including the Shema. The Shema (Shema Yisrael, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai Echad....Hear O Israel, The Lord our God, The Lord is One) prayed by observant Jews twice daily is also a traditional prayer spoken before dying to affirm one's faith in the One God. Full story can be found here.

Sergeant Amit Robinson 21 of Kibbutz Magal was killed by sniper fire. He was a tank crewmen - part of the Armored Corps division of the IDF, in fact, part of Battalion 17, the same Battalion as that of Gilad Shalit. His family immigrated to Israel from Argentina. Gaza was Robinson's first assignment upon completion of his training.

In the afternoon, Captain Omer Rabinovich was killed in close gunfire exchange with Hamas terrorists.

Rabinovich was 23, a resident of Arad, and an officer in the Golani Brigade. He was devoted to this country and worked with kibbutzim youth.

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