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Voices We Have Lost

Be good people

Words from a fallen soldier: When you radiate happiness, a circle of joy will slowly form that will create a better world
The late Shachar Friedman, center, who was killed in Gaza on November 19, 2023, and his parents, before he entered Gaza. (Facebook screen capture, used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)
The late Shachar Friedman, center, who was killed in Gaza on November 19, 2023, and his parents, before he entered Gaza. (Facebook screen capture, used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

Staff Sgt. Shachar Fridman was killed while fighting Hamas terrorists in Gaza on November 18, 2023. He was 21. He left behind this text, an “ethical will,” he composed after seeing the public altercation in Tel Aviv over Yom Kippur observance.

Smile.

Strive to make every person you meet smile too.

Be open to criticism and always try to improve yourself.

Know that the greatest quality a person can have is the ability to make another person happy.

Open your ears to the needs of others and open your eyes to their pain.

Try to smile as much as possible even when it’s hard.

Pay attention to the small people who fall in the corners of the eye.

Appreciate the little things the world has to offer, especially nature and music.

And most importantly, be good people in your own way. Don’t let society dictate to you what makes you good people, just try as hard as you can, and even when you fall, know that that’s the road to success.

Love yourselves and the world. When you radiate happiness, a circle of joy will slowly form that will create a better world.

Translation courtesy of the family.

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Shachar Fridman’s story and many more stories of those who fell in battle or were murdered in terror attacks can be found in Those We Have Lost: Stories of civilians and soldiers killed since Hamas’s onslaught on Israel on October 7, 2023.

About the Author
Staff Sgt. Shachar Fridman was a member of the Paratroopers’ Brigade 101st Battalion who was killed while fighting Hamas terrorists in Gaza on November 19, 2023. He was 21. Fridman, who grew up in Jerusalem and was a graduate of Himmelfarb High School in Jerusalem, was active in the Bnei Akiva youth movement, working specifically with children on the autistic spectrum.
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