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David (Dudi) Yishai

David (Dudi) Yishai

David Yishai was born on Shabbat "Nachamu", the 11th of Av 5735 in Petach-Tikva to Yechiel and Shulamit, a brother to Tali, Michal and Avi. He was named after his uncle who perished in the Yom-Kippur War. Dudi studied in the religious elementary school "Yavne" and continued his studies in the Yeshiva High School "Kfar Ganim" in Petach Tikva where he specialized in computer studies. Throughout high school he managed to find time for sports particularly running, football and basketball.

Dudi chose to do his army service through the hesder program at Yeshivat Hakotel. In addition to his studies he found himself contributing to the safety of the Jewish Quarter residents through Civil Guard duty, which he saw as a great Kiddush Hashem. In late July 1994 David entered the Armored Corps, and began his military service as part of the "Shelach" regiment. Following basic training, he became a tank loader and was proud to be stationed in the "Bokim" regiment of the Iron Division, where his father has served before him. As an amateur runner and an outstanding sprinter, Dudi was a frequent representative of his unit in a considerable number of fitness competitions on behalf of the Armored Corps. His army leaves were spent fulfilling his great love of the country, nature and animals; thus he tried to travel the country as much as he could.

Dudi was truly fond of his family and friends; he tried to visit and write to them at every opportunity. At social occasions Dudi stood out with his grace, gentle smile, and his joie de vivre. From his early childhood Dudi was blessed with rare kindness and willingness to help others, especially those less fortunate than himself. He undertook to tithe from his military salary to charity and chesed projects.

On 3 Tamuz, 5756, Dudi was fatally injured in a car accident on his way home from the army. He was hospitalized for six days at the Tel Hashomer Hospital, where he died of his wounds on the 9th of Tamuz 5756. Dudi was brought to burial in the military cemetery in Petah Tikva.

May his memory be blessed