Staff Sgt. Yehonatan Yitzchak Samo


Major Yehonatan Yitzchak Samo, from Carmei Tzur, a soldier in Battalion 202 of the Paratroopers Brigade, died from his wounds after being injured in combat in central Gaza Strip on 8.11. The son of attorney Moshe and Ayelet, and the grandson of Lamlem Ingdau from Herat. He is remembered as an innocent, kind, smart, and talented child.

His loved ones shared touching words in his memory: “The impact of this war on all of us is beyond words, and it’s far from being over. The family is left with a pain that will never fade. Yehonatan was a precious gift from God to his parents, a true hero and the eldest among his siblings. His loss is irreplaceable and leaves us without comfort. Yet, through his sacrifice, God has granted his people continued life and hope. The mysterious ways of God in life and death are beyond our understanding. History shows us that sometimes the expected order is reversed, as with Ishmael and Isaac – his middle namesake – and the elder serving the younger, as in the case of Jacob and Esau. This was true in the past and will remain so, even after this war. In the grand scheme, Isaac symbolizes the resilience and protection of our people, much like Jacob’s transformation into Israel. While Yehonatan’s laughter may have ceased, his memory remains a blessed and enduring legacy for all of Israel.”

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

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  1. Dear Samo Family,

    As an American Jew I wish to express my sorrow, and the sorrow of my fellow Jews in galut, at the tragic loss of Yehonatan, and our continued rage that this unprovoked war had brought so much misery to the righteous such as yourself, and our impacable determination to support you and all those who have sacrificed so much until tzedakah and mishpat are brought to Medinat Yisrael. May God avenge the blood of Yehonatan and may He comfort you among the mourners of Tzion and Yerushalayim.

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