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Eliyahu Liberman

Eliyahu Liberman

Eliyahu was born on the 27th of Adar, 5712 in Tel Aviv to parents who were Holocaust survivors. He had one sister. His first two years were spent in Givat Ilya in Yaffo after which his family moved to Tel Aviv. He studied at the religious "Etzion" elementary school. At age 8 he started afternoon Gemara lessons with a Rav who came several times a week to learn with a small group of children. At this young age he showed a strong interest in stories of chazal. At the same time he started violin lessons. Despite his parent's difficult financial situation, it was very important to them that he develop his talent, which indeed he did until his last days. His high school years were spent at the Bnei Akiva Yeshiva High School, Nachal Yitzchak in Moshav Nechalim. At the end of his studies he was torn between his desire to serve in an elite army unit or continue his studies through the hesder program. He chose to study at Yeshivat Hakotel for a trial period after which he decided to continue on the hesder track. He completely dedicated himself to his Torah studies after which he took the same enthusiasm with him to the tank corps. He became an artillery shooter and received a prize for excellence together with his unit. He used his time off from the army to spend time with his family, who he was very attached to, or to go on hikes throughout the country with his friends. On the 11th of Tishrei, 5734 he joined his tank unit despite the fact that he did not receive a call-up from the army, fighting with them for 12 days in the bitter battles in the Sinai.

On Motzei Simchat Torah, the eve of the 23rd of Tishrei he fell crossing the Suez Canal at the age of 21.

May his memory be blessed