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Jun 12, 2014 | 14th of Sivan, 5774 | י״ד בסיון תשע״ד
Eyal Yifrah, 19 of Elad died on June 12, 2014. He was one of three high school students kidnapped by Hamas terrorists in the area of Gush Etzion while trying to hitch a ride home. Their bodies were discovered after an extensive search on June 30. Three high school students – Eyal Yifrah, 19, of Elad; Gilad Sha’er, 16, of Talmon; and Naftali Frenkel, 16, of Nof Ayalon – were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists in the area of Gush Etzion.
Eyal Yifrah was a student at the Shavei Hebron yeshiva prior to his army service. He previously attended the Darkei Noam high school yeshiva in Petah Tikva.
He was the eldest of seven siblings. During his last year of high school, he did volunteer work in Bat Yam through a program targeted at developing such towns with low socio-economic status. His family describes him as a vital, energetic, sports-loving boy. He was a youth counselor who loved to travel and play tennis. While Gilad Shalit was in captivity, kidnapped by the Hamas terrorist organization, Eyal made sure to send Facebook message to raise awareness to the fact that Gilad had not seen his parents for five years. Eyal loved music and wrote a song which he performed at his cousin’s wedding.
A roommate described Eyal as a leader, a strong personality, a friend and a brother.
Eyal’s father eulogized his son:
“Eyal, you are a saint. You had a special kind of love for any man … What else do you need? You told me many times, ‘if someone asks me for something, I can’t refuse.'”
Eyal Yifrah was buried alongside Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Sha’er in the Modi’in cemetery following a memorial ceremony in Elad.
He is survived by his parents Uri and Iris and six siblings.
Here a video of the song written by Eyal based on :
“By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth; I sought him, but I found him not. I will rise now, and go about the city, in the streets and in the broad ways. I will seek him whom my soul loveth…”
(Song of Songs 3:1-2)
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