I received word tonight from my sister that a friend of mine (I'm closer with his twin sister - who was working with my sister at the time) was killed today in Lebanon in the village of Aita al-Shaab. He is one of the (so far) unnamed Sanchanim that were killed today in His name has not been released by the IDF (though the family has been contacted) yet - I assume because he is a Chayal Boded.
I have not seen my friend in nearly two years since I randomly ran into him on Ben Yehuda Street a year after he made Aaliyah and joined the army. He could not have been happier then when he was fighting for his country. The only consolation I can offer his family is that he died doing exactly what he wanted to do with his life. I truly believe that had he known what was going to happen to him - to be killed by Hezbollah defending his country - he would have joined the army anyway.