Eliyahu Binyamin Elmakayes


Binyamin immigrated to Israel from France at the age of 23. He had a heart of gold. Always smiling, always happy, always caring for others. His loss is deeply felt.

“He was the person with the biggest heart you could find. Anyone who spoke with him instantly fell in love. He gave of himself and volunteered for everything. Whenever someone needed help, he was the first to respond. I knew I could always rely on him. After his military discharge, he really wanted to bring his parents to live in Israel, and they did come for a while. It was very hard for them since they were older, so they returned to France. We all were supposed to go and celebrate his wedding next week; his parents came to Israel for it. I sent him a message before the war to take care of himself; he replied, ‘Thanks, missing you.’ And we haven’t spoken since.”

Funeral Date: 09/11/2023
Shloshim Date: 10/12/2023

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  1. To the family and loved ones of Eliyahu Binyamin Elmakayes,

    How utterly heartbreaking that he died as his closest loved ones prepared to celebrate his wedding.

    From the description and from the picture it’s easy to see what a beautiful soul he was, holding up his tefillin with such joy. We cry out in grief with you at the bitterness of losing this sweet person. We are so, so sorry for your loss and we wish you comfort from heaven for your broken hearts. May you find strength in the companionship of the entire worldwide Jewish community grieving together with you.

    Hamakom yenachem etchem betoch shaar avelay Tzion v’Yerushalayim.

    הַמָּקוֹם יְנַחֵם אֶתְכֶם בְּתוֹךְ שְׁאָר אֲבֵלֵי צִיּוֹן וִירוּשָׁלַיִם

    The Pride Raffel family

  2. Dear Elmakayes family,

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the tragic loss of Eliyahu. Although I never met him, I feel that we are related. He cared about me as he cared for all of Am Yisrael and his joie d’vivre, optimism and bravery are qualities to which we all must aspire. May God avenge his blood and comfort you along the mourners of Tzion and Yerushalayim.

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