A Nation of Superheroes

נָכוֹן כֻּלָּם נִרְאִים רְגִילִים אֲבָל

אֲנַחְנוּ עַם שֶׁל גִּבּוֹרֵי עַל

בְּכָל אֶחָד תָּמִיד מִסְתַּתֵּר חַיָיל

מוּכָן לְהַצִּיל אֶת הָעוֹלָם

It’s true everyone here looks normal

But we are a nation of superheroes

Inside everyone a soldier hides

Ready to save the world

(From the song “Giborei Al (Superheroes)” by Hatikva 6)



Matan (19) served in the Golani Brigade, and on Simchat Torah headed to Nir Am in an APC (armored personnel carrier) to defend the kibbutz. When a grenade was thrown into the APC, Matan jumped on the grenade, saving the lives of his comrades.


Amit (22), the youngest of five sisters from Netivot, was the MDA volunteer on call for Kibbutz Be’eri on October 7th. When the terrorists got into the kibbutz, she left her home to go to the kibbutz clinic to treat injured people who were arriving. She continued to treat patients for hours, until she was murdered in the clinic at 2pm.


Itiel joined his uncles Elchanan and Menachem Kalmanson on Simchat Torah, and drove from Otniel to Be’eri to help get people out of their bomb shelters. They helped more than 100 people to safety that day. Elchanan was killed, and a few months later, Itiel named his son after him. The trio were awarded the Israel Prize for 2024 for their bravery.


Eden (21) was an officer in the Rochev Shamayim unit that operates drones. When Hamas took over the Nachal Oz base, Eden stood at the entrance to the bomb shelter, engaging the terrorists until she was killed. In that time, the ten female soldiers who were in the shelter were able to escape, and all ten survived that day.


Aner (22), from Arnona in Yerushalayim, was at the Nova festival, and started heading back to his army base on the morning of Simchat Torah. He stopped in a bomb shelter near Re’im, in which tens of partiers had gathered. He stood by the entrance, with only a glass bottle in hand to defend them. When Hamas forces arrived, they threw a grenade into the shelter, but Aner threw it out. Aner managed to throw seven grenades out of the shelter, but was killed by the eighth. Aner’s actions saved many lives (Aner’s friend Hersh Goldberg-Polin lost his arm from the grenade attack, and remains in captivity).

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