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R' Arye Yehoshua Strauss

R' Arye Yehoshua Strauss

Aryeh Yehoshua hy"d, was born in Haifa on the 25th of Adar A, 5719. He studied at a Talmud Torah there and continued at the Yeshiva High School in Shaalavim. He studied one year in Merkaz HaRav after which he joined Hesder through Yeshivat Shaalavim. His wedding to Bruriah took place in Haifa on the 10th of Shavta, 5740, after which he continued his studies at Yeshivat Hakotel. His son Aviad was born in Yerushalayim. Aryeh stood out for his good heart and compassion for others and volunteered for many chessed projects. In his youth he was active in "Matmidim" and "Achisemach" through which frameworks he visited the sick, and sang in a boys choir which entertained patients. As a young adult, he read from the Torah and megillah wherever asked. In the Ezra Youth organization he stood out for his leadership qualities and soon became a madrich. He was always a central figure in both the movement and school.

In the army he was also viewed as a leader: he ran the central seder for soldiers in basic training and was amongst the first to build a sukkah on the base. He was an example to both his religious and secular friends, and was viewed as a source of advice and encouragement by all. He was an unforgettable person, who stood out in a film made about Yeshivot Hesder with his outstanding appearance and positive views which he shared on the importance of combining Torah study with army service.

On the 20th of Sivan, 5742, In the most difficult battles of the Lebanon War he encouraged all. When the ammunition was depleted, he climbed up on the tower and shot at the enemy with his own personal weapon to allow for his comrades to escape unscathed. He was hit in the head and no longer could shoot. May his merit protect us and be a positive advocate for his family.

May his memory be blessed