MAY 19, 2024 JLM 85°F 01:56 PM 06:56 AM EST
Bereaved father: ‘Our pain is part of the Redemption’

Yaakov Nitzan, father of Gilad Nehemya, who was killed in battle in Gaza, talks about the strength he draws from the Jewish People, specifically during the days of remembrance and independence.

Yaakov Nitzan, father of Gilad Nehemiya HY"D who was killed in the battle in Gaza, spoke to Israel National News - Arutz Sheva at the Binyamin Council's Independence Day event at the ancient Shiloh site.

"These are tough days that combine sadness and joy, memories and independence, this is something that accompanies us most of the time. On Memorial Day for the Fallen Soldiers of the Wars of Israel (Yom Hazikaron), when so many people came up to talk to us at the cemetery, I said that those two minutes of the siren are 120 seconds. We have 120 seconds to understand what a person can do in his or her 120 years.

I think that as we are celebrating 76 years of the State of Israel, each person should tell themselves how much the country has achieved in its years of existence. When we stand here in ancient Shiloh, in Judea and Samaria, with a lot of strength and pride, the personal pain gets a feeling of something much bigger and this gives us strength to go on,” explains Nitzan.

Nitzan continued to say, "We have a rite of passage between pain and happiness. I compare Memorial Day to the beginning of an operation, like the scalpel coming down on the heart and cutting it. Then when the flag is raised to the top of the mast, it feels like the end of the operation. If all our pain is part of the redemption, it is a therapy for the heart, mind and soul. The proximity of Memorial Day to Independence Day gives us unbelievable strength."

Nitzan tells that his son Gilad, "Asked to be buried in Shiloh. He left us a recorded will and asked to be buried in the land he grew up on and was connected to. He was a simple person, connected to everything that is not fake, everything that is clean and natural and constitutes the values ​​we all talk about. All of this was his way of life."

Source: INN

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[Anonymous] 10:03 16.05.2024
What a lovely young man and such a brave dad. God bless you sir.
Linda Zelikson 15:28 15.05.2024
BDE. May his neshama have an Aliyah to the highest world in Shamayim with the other kedoshim
mo colar 13:04 15.05.2024
My condolences to the Nitzan family for Gilad's passing May his soul be amongst all the precious souls that sit with the ALMIGHTY
mo colar 12:59 15.05.2024
The loss of a child has got to be the worse part of a person's life
Jacob Walanjatil 12:07 15.05.2024
Heartfelt condolences to Yaakov Nitzan and family. Long live Israel.
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