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Eli Fayg - Saggie

Eli Fayg - Saggie

Eliyahu was born on the 13th of Av 5711 in Netanya. Soon afterwards his family moved to Bnei Brak where he studied at the religious Maalot elementary school and joined the Bnei Akiva youth movement. He studied at the Yeshiva High School in Kfar HaRoeh which played a great role in developing his personality. His athletic capabilities and social skills stood out and he was a tremendous influence on his classmates. After high school he felt the need to dedicate time to learning, in order to strengthen his knowledge and chose to spend 5734 at Yeshivat Hakotel. He utilized his time at the Yeshiva to obtain a thorough understanding of Halacha and machshava and made great strides in these areas. Despite his desire to continue at the Yeshiva, he felt the necessity to serve in the army in an elite unit. Firstly, the nation was experiencing a difficult security situation and secondly, he wanted to be an example to all of a religious soldier able to fulfill his obligations to both G-d and country without contradiction. His classmate Reuven Sporan z"l (who fell in Gaza in Shvat 5732) was an example of such a person.

In the month of Av 5730, after much deliberation, Eli joined the army, and found himself in the Shaked unit. Seven months later he finished basic training and was sent down to Gaza at the height of terrorist infiltrations. While there he received a citation for saving the lives of refugee children in Jalabiya and spent a month in the hospital recovering from his wounds. Pesach 5733 he received a decoration of honor from the Chief of Staff. In Elul of 5731, Eli joined an commander's course, despite his wounds, after which he returned to his unit as an squad commander. In Shvat of that year, as he was about to join an officer's course, his dear friend Reuven Sporan was killed in action. Eli suffered a tremendous crisis following his friend's death as Reuven was not just a friend but also his model and example of how a religious soldier should behave. Understanding this, his officer gave him a leave of absence to deal with the loss and the officer's course was delayed. Two weeks later Eli decided to rejoin his unit and join the officer's course. In Adar, he is chosen as a cadet to be one of one hundred outstanding soldiers to meet the President on the country's 24th Yom HaAtzmaut. After completing the course he rejoined his unit.

Three months later he served as a commander with training soldiers. Half a year later he joined an active company. Before the Yom Kippur War broke out he was designated Unit Commander. He served in this position until his last day. Eli fell in the Sinai Desert during the breakthrough of the western front of the Suez Canal under the command of Ariel Sharon.

May his memory be blessed