"The first thing I thought about was what was happening to Shi-Li." Gali Atari/Guy Kushi and Yariv Fine
"On October 7, a disaster struck in the Gaza envelope, where my niece Shai-Li Atari Wiener, her husband Yahav Wiener, and Shia, the eldest baby who was born with good luck, lived happily and happily. Indeed, great joy in our family and in the Wiener family, after great efforts by Shai-Li and Yahav to finally bring a child into the world.
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"The alarm woke me up on a Saturday morning, when I usually cuddle and indulge in bed late, recharging for the busy week that surely awaits me. The first thing I thought about was what was happening to Shai-Li, and I never imagined then that Hamas terrorists were beyond the safe room window, and that she, Yahav and Shea were in real danger of death, after all, there was a huge obstacle, spotters, shooting cameras, IDF soldiers, commandos and helicopters in the sky. What could have been? I treated it quite indifferently, in my opinion it was another infiltration of terrorists who will be eliminated in a moment, so there is no need to worry, everything will be fine. I'm not usually anxious, and certainly not hysterical, but on the other hand, I don't feel comfortable in situations of uncertainty. I just want to be constantly updated!
"When the sad news started coming, I didn't let go, because nothing that was important to me was more important. Despite the fog of battle, it turned out that Yahav had protected his tender family with his body and was murdered, in order to allow Shi-Li and Xia to miraculously escape and escape a bitter fate.
"I was awakened by hidden powers of compassion, and a strong desire to encourage Shi Li, hug Shea, and help in any way, almost every day. And not only Shai-Li I wanted to help, I joined in the great volunteer spirit of the people, and immediately enlisted in voluntary performances before the evacuees, among the soldiers, in ceremonies and rallies of solidarity and support, which I do to this day, and to feel that I am contributing my modest part to the war effort, for the sake of the people and the country.
"There's no doubt that something in me has changed. The priorities in my life have changed, taken on proportions, in the shadow of the war, the families of the abductees in Gaza, along with the continued emotional support of Shai-Li, and later in her life as a 34-year-old widow with a 3-month-old baby.
"But I am optimistic and believe that better days will come, and that we will all emerge from darkness into light. Not now, but soon, and for all of us to return to normal, maybe smarter, maybe more sensitive, maybe more cohesive, maybe more compassionate, because after all, we have no other country. And at this difficult time for Israel, when our regular and reserve soldiers sacrifice their lives to defend the people and the homeland, I pray for their well-being and hope for the return of all the abducted and missing to their families. Amen, yes, may it be desired."
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