Uriel! What can I say that can describe a man like Uriel during the short five weeks that we were privileged to enjoy him? As it turns out, quite a lot:
- A simple person, who did everything modestly and through faith and a sense of mission
- A man who always displayed a sense of goodness, warmth and empathy
- A man and a commander, curious and questioning, who wanted and aspired to improve everything he did, and who put his whole heart and soul into the job, who really believed in his great responsibility to command a team of soldiers
- A man and a commander who loved his soldiers, cared for their welfare more than for his own, and who was always available for any request
- A man, commander and friend, who always helped those surrounding him without regard to how much he knew the person; a friend such that those in his company knew that they could always turn to him for anything.
- A man, commander and friend whose soldiers and all others surrounding him appreciated, respected and loved him because he was a mensch and such a good commander and friend.
It doesn’t seem that anything could stop him. but on that terrible morning, that horrible morning, the morning I’m still waiting to wake up from, you returned to the company you came from..
Uriel, even during more difficult times, I remember you taking a deep breath, putting that smile on our face that is so typical of you and say: “So what, big deal, it’ll be okay.” Uriel, I’ll never forget that smile and it will remain with me always.
Uriel, despite the fact that you were only a commander for a short time, you left a mark that won’t be erased for a long time. Company B will continue as always as the leading company in the unit and all their actions will be a memory and monument to you.
The “Bazak” family is in pain and mourns you. You’ll be sorely missed.
To the Liwerant family: I honestly have no words to say how I feel your pain, even though I learned from my own parents’ love, that I’ll never be able to understand the great pain or the depth of loss that you feel now.
The only thing I can tell you, dear family, and maybe this will be of some comfort, is that in the short time that we were privileged to be with your son, we all came in contact with a special person, cherished and wonderful. We all learned and were enriched from his presence in our midst. And I can say that he, too, was happy and cheerful with his own assignment and with the people and friends who surrounded him during the day and in the wee hours of the morning.
The last thing I’d like to say, dear family, is that from today you’re an inseparable part of the Bazak company and the Sufa regiment and conversely, we are a part of your family, if you’d like us to be.
Dear, lovely, good hearted Uriel, “you have been very pleasant to us (Shmuel II,1:26).