Master Sgt. (res.) Yuval Gabai
On the day of October 7th, Yuval was called to reserve duty in the midst of the terror attacks taking place. He traveled to his post to defend Israel’s borders and was shot and killed in the West Bank.
Yuval is remembered for his way of combining a cynical sense of humor with such joy for life. Yuval loved animals - especially dogs. He was also a sports enthusiast and massive fan of Hapoel Tel Aviv. His cousin Cochi Mizrachi recalled visiting during Yuval’s childhood on Kibbutz Reim, saying it was “like the garden of Eden”. As an adult, Yuval worked in real estate and lived in the city of Rehovot. His girlfriend of 15 years wrote on Facebook that he was “everything to me, the light and the joy in my life…How can I continue living without my other half? Your love was the light and source of my life”. His Father described Yuval as “our beloved son, respectful, moral, an athlete, a special person whose great qualities cannot be described in words”.
At his funeral, Yuval’s brother Alon said, “I loved being your brother…Here, at your funeral, I am ready to admit - you were definitely the stronger one. But don’t get too excited - over the past week, I have been called Yuval a number of times. Quite a few people told me that I laugh, move, and act like you. I was so happy to hear that, because perhaps it means that something of you has remained with us, with me.”
Yuval is survived by his girlfriend of 15 years Tair Dinur, his parents Milka and Shabtay Gabai, and his younger siblings Alone and Yael Gabai.
יהי זכרו ברוך🕯️
About The Author
Liana Weinberger is a Tel Aviv University student and IDF reservist. She started the Fallen Soldier Tribute to commemorate each fallen member of our nation and give meaning to the growing list of those taken from us.