שוורץ על קבר חברו בצלאל המשפחה

For 48 years Benjamin Schwartz sought to meet the family of his Nahal Brigade comrade Yehezkel Ezra Bezalel, who fell in battle on Passover eve in the Suez Canal during the 1970 War of Attrition.

When Schwartz tried to search the Defense Ministry website inaccurate contact details appeared, and even when he found the burial place in Kiryat Shaul military cemetery, the date of Bezalel's fall in the month of Nissan when people don't visit graves again precluded his meeting the family. "It bothered me for years. I searched and didn't know where, until yesterday fate intervened."

Schwartz and Bezalel joined military service from different yeshivas, but became close friends. Schwartz testifies that there was a certain soul connection between them and that they spent the entire period of basic training together. "A good soul, he always helped out."

Only a month ago Schwartz succeeded in locating Bezalel's sister and came to a memorial service at the Kiryat Shaul military cemetery to close a circle.

Bezalel's brother, Rabbi Shmuel Bezalel, told Schwartz that their mother never wore a new garment and counted every day that passed since he fell: "My brother Yehezkel never took anyone else's place and was a modest man."

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