Heroism Comes In Many Forms

Heroism comes in many forms, especially here in Israel.  There are those who perform courageously on the battlefield, and those whose heroism takes place in their regular day-to-day life.

David Hatuel is a hero, in my opinion at least, just for living a regular life. I wrote about him here, on the second anniversary of the terrorist attack that left him bereaved of his entire family. For those who don’t know, he lost his wife and his four daughters when a terrorist opened fire on the family station wagon. He picked up the pieces of his life, remarried, and now dedicates his time to helping other terrorist victims.

He credits some of his ability to bounce back from the tragedy to the outpouring of support by the people in his (former) community of Moshav Katif. For those of you who have never lived in a yishuv, or a small community like one, it is hard to imagine what this means.

In my community, privacy is respected (most of the time), but if a need is expressed people come out of the woodwork to help. For those of us who are new immigrants, with small (or sometimes non-existent) families in Israel, this supportive community is inestimable. This is why the uprooting of so many communities in Gush Katif was so painful.

G-d willing the people from Gush Katif can all rebuild their communities.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jameel @ The Muqata
    Jun 03, 2008 @ 12:45:59

    G-d willing the people from Gush Katif can all rebuild their communities, in Gush Katif.


  2. Dan Illouz
    Jun 03, 2008 @ 13:32:52

    David Hatuel has recreated so much light from a point of so much darkness. His story, while different, reminds me of the Mandels who lost Koby Mandel and went on to build a camp for terror victims. Read “Blessings of a broken heart”, i recommend it.


  3. Batya
    Jun 10, 2008 @ 03:36:40


    ps the Mandel’s have a center for bereaved parents (or is it just mothers?), not just the camp.

  4. Gila
    Jun 11, 2008 @ 03:54:09

    Sounds like an amazing man….

  5. Gila
    Jun 11, 2008 @ 03:58:13

    Just read the article you linked to. I am truly humbled…..

  6. westbankmama
    Jun 11, 2008 @ 15:58:10

    Jameel – yes indeed.

    Dan – Their’s is also an inspiring story.

    Batya – I hadn’t heard about that, I just knew about the camp for kids.

    Gila – He really is.

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