Portraits of Grief 5779: IDF Soldier Gal Keidan z”l

September 18, 2019

3 min read

Every day, Breaking Israel News will be featuring one of the seventeen victims of Arab terror in the current Jewish year of 5779.

Today, we will profile Gal Keidan z”l.

Gal Keidan (19) of Be’er Sheva, a sergeant in the Artillery Corps’, was stabbed and killed in a terror attack at Ariel Junction on  March 17, 2019. After stabbing him, the Palestinian attacker subsequently stole his rifle before shooting him and two other people in separate locations.

The horrid attack was caught on camera and can be seen at the 1:01 mark.

Following his death, Keidan was posthumously promoted to the rank of Staff-Sargent.

The young soldier was laid to rest in the military cemetery of his hometown Be’er Sheba. He was a gifted student and musician. Below is a video of Keidan in the foreground playing the mandocello at a recital.

He is survived by his parents Anatoly and Marina, both immigrants from the former Soviet Union and two older siblings.

Now that this soldier of Israel is no longer with us, it is the family that has to find the inner strength to move on. Most people don’t realize that losing a loved one to terror can be emotionally crippling. It can even prevent those affected  by the loss from performing regular everyday tasks like going to work or even leaving the house to buy groceries.

And although the family’s pain isn’t physical, it might as well be. That’s because the depression that resulted in the loss can make them bed-bound. Everything can suddenly become overwhelming.

This is where you can step in and help.

Israel365 is currently running a campaign to raise funds for the families of terror victims. Their goal is to help these families before the Jewish New Year on Rosh Hashanah.

Together with your support, we can help rehabilitate those who can’t find the means to cope with such a sudden loss. The funds that you donate today will go to much-needed therapy, food, clothing and experiences that provide a glimmer of happiness during these dark times. 

We can’t prevent the next terror attack, but victims can at the very least find peace of mind in knowing that the nations of the world have their back when the unthinkable happens.

That’s why we’re asking you to give whatever you can. Remember, the commandment of tithes isn’t a demand for you to break the bank. It’s a commandment to set aside a small percentage of your earnings that are left over at the end of the month (if any). 

And blessed be Hashem Most High, Who has delivered your foes into your hand.” And [Avram] gave him a tenth of everything (Genesis 14:20)

Donate to this crucial cause today and do what you can do to help Israel win the war on terror. God’s enemies are in the field. This war isn’t just about killing the Jewish people – it’s about breaking their spirit. Don’t let that happen. Keep Israel strong. Help Israel win.

Donate today and walk into the year 5780 with a sense of spiritual fulfillment.

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