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"There's my Emanuel, and there's Lt. Col. Emanuel Moreno, the legendary warrior without the picture" - Walla! Money

2021-04-11T11:04:46.328Z

Maya Ohana Moreno, the widow of a General Staff patrol officer who fell in Lebanon, went through a difficult journey in an attempt to deal with the combination of personal bereavement and the public myth. In the present



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"There is my Emanuel, and there is Lt. Col. Emanuel Moreno, the legendary warrior without the picture"

Maya Ohana Moreno, the widow of a General Staff patrol officer who fell in Lebanon, went through a difficult journey in an attempt to deal with the combination of personal bereavement and the public myth. In the present

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"Private bereavement and public bereavement are two parallel paths and I admit it is a difficult journey," says Maya Ohana Moreno.

"On the one hand there is my Emanuel and on the other hand, Lieutenant Colonel Emanuel Moreno, the legendary warrior without the picture."



Apparently there is no Israeli who has not heard of the late Emanuel Moreno, an officer in the General Staff patrol, who fell in a covert operation at the end of the Second Lebanon War.

In the past 15 years, Moreno has become a myth in Israeli society, a hero whose actions were so secretive that his picture cannot be published, even today.

But alongside the national figure, there is also a family that carries with it the pain of loss every day and his widow, Maya, says that in every lecture she gives on her story, that of Emanuel and the family, the question arises about this complex combination of private and public: "It took me time to agree. "To be not only the widow of Emanuel, but also of the hero of Israel. This is something that was forced on me, without control or choice, but this is the challenging reality with which I know I will live forever."



When she came to this understanding, Maya decided to take the situation that had arisen and turn it into something that brings the best to the world, "because if we are already using Emanuel's name, at least we will use it for good," she says.

Therefore, she is a friend of the creator Ruhama Ben Yosef and together the two put on a show, in which Ruhama sang, while Maya talked about the story of bereavement, her second marriage, the way she told her children that their father had fallen in battle, the insights gained over the years and more.

The show went down about four years ago and will soon be released on video to the general public: "I work with the lack and turn it into a tool with which you can spread something positive. I will never miss Emanuel, I can not change it, but that way he is not only a character from time to time. Today".

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"I will never miss Emanuel, I can not change that, but that way he is not only a character from the past, but also gives us something today."

Maya Ohana Moreno (Photo: courtesy of the photographers)

The show was one example of the many commemorations in memory of Lt. Col. Moreno. Streets were named after him, a program called "After the Army" for teachers, new Torah scrolls brought into synagogues, educational institutions, Torah studies and more, but Maya says: "For me the commemoration "Most significant is the fact that I am raising three children of Emanuel. Not a monument, but real life. That's how we deal with bereavement. After he was killed, I realized I had to take the energies to raise mentally healthy, strong and resilient children."



"Memory is not something of the past. To me, it exists in the present," she continues.

"I do not remember to remember who he was, but understand that there is a life sequence, a past connected to a future that will continue after me as well. When Emanuel was killed, my question was not what the children will remember from their father, but how to take what their father was and move it forward. A memory in my opinion. I tell the children about it, and it is burned and absorbed by them. "



Every year, on Memorial Day, friends and relatives who knew Emanuel gather at Maya.

Together, they create a true mosaic of Israeli society as a whole: "Towards the third year after his death, I noticed it and felt that something meaningful had to be produced from it. Therefore, we established the circle of discourse."

There are fascinating discussions between people from all over the spectrum: "Everything is always polite and respectful. I want there to be real meaning to this day. Not only to talk about who fell, but also to motivate something within us. Make us better and more giving, more patient and listening company. ".

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The image of the legendary warrior has not been released to date.

Lt. Col. Emanuel Moreno with his daughter (Photo: courtesy of the family)

This year, on Memorial Day, April 14, the IDF Widows and Orphans Association, Yad LaBanim and the Ministry of Defense join forces in a unique virtual project called "Remembering Together", in which anyone can enter the site and register for digital commemorative events, as hosts or guests. The digital platform, every Israeli can share their story and personal pain: "The virtual project allows many more people to be involved," Maya explains. "This distance allows many to open up more than ever, even to those who do not always find it easy to speak directly in front of an audience.

For us, it's more gifts on the way, because new people talk every time and we hear more stories.



"" Unfortunately, every citizen here knows someone who has fallen, whether it is in the first, second or third circle, "she adds." Therefore, the connection between a widow organization IDF orphans next to bricks in this project is beautiful to me because it gives an answer to something that we, the families, carry throughout the year. Not only to remember, but also to remember. Not just a story from time immemorial, that I do not want to happen again, to anyone, but Also a day used to load values ​​- mutual guarantee and connection between the sectors of society. "

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