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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

HERO: Major Roi Klein z"l (of blessed memory)

He yelled,
as he threw himself on the grenade to protect his fellow soldiers, before he died.

I received this in my email, though I heard this story before. I thought I would share this with you. Please feel free to tell this story to others.

We are forwarding this translation of a Hebrew e-mail at the
request of friends of the late Major Roi Klein:
On Major Roi Klein (zl)of blessed memory)

The little that we can do for somebody who sacrificed his life in
such a heroic way is to tell his story. It is not clear why the media
ignored this story. Maybe his altruistic behaviour is unpopular or
maybe it does not fit with the image of the suffering, sensitive and
fearful soldier that some Israeli media are trying to nurture.
Last week, Major Roi Klein (z"l), lieutenant commander of Regiment
51 in the Golani Brigade, from Eli was the highest-ranking officer
among his troops at the time in the Lebanese town of Bint AlJubeil. In
the midst of a battle he noticed that Hizballah terrorists have lobbed
a grenade thatlanded close to his soldiers. Since the detonation of
the grenade was imminent. He leaped and blocked most of the
fragmentation from the grenade with his body, thereby saving his
troops. His soldiers said that he cried "Shma Israel" when he jumped
to block the grenade.

Roi Klein was buried on the day of his 31st? birthday.
He was a gifted Saxophone player and a brilliant academic that
completed his engineering studies with high honours. He traveled with
friends in Africa and had a rolling laughter. All of his friends
describe him as a gentle and relaxed soul. His widow's wish is that his
children would resemble their father when they grow up.

May his memory be blessed. Please do a good deed in honor of this hero,
Major Roi Klein, and his family who survives him.


  • At Tuesday, August 15, 2006 4:12:00 PM, Blogger Elaine said…

    Yes, I too had heard this remarkable account, although I can't remember on which media. This is a true HERO of Yisrael, in the likeness of a Joshua, a Gideon, or a David. A true leader !! My oldest son, just had a second son born on August 03, and he named him, Gideon, for this reason, the bravery of Yisrael's soldiers throughout history, is unmatched !! Major Roi Klein (z"l), joins this long line of the brave sons' of Yisrael, and his dear widow and children can be very proud !! There is no greater love than to lay down your own life for your friends. Though he will always be missed, his family can be very proud of who he was !! His story deserves to be told over and over again !! This world would be a far better place if we had more men like, Major Roi Klein (z"l) !!

  • At Monday, September 04, 2006 11:50:00 AM, Blogger Esther Croudo Bitrán said…


    Gracias por tan hermoso tributo.

    Tomé tu foto para ilustrar mi post. Si te molesta me dices y la saco.


  • At Monday, September 04, 2006 12:22:00 PM, Blogger Tamar Yonah said…

    Shalom, Esther, I am gald you liked the blog entry and photo. "Si no es mi photo personal, esta bien".

    Con amor, Tamar


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