Ya’acov, son of Avraham and Leah, was born in the Bucharian neighbourhood of Jerusalem, October 19,1924, to a traditional family from Mashad Iran, who’d come at the beginning of the century. He had a brother and two sisters. His father earned his living looking after properties of Iranian Jews who’d built houses in Israel but remained abroad. Ya’acov studied in a ‘Cheder’, in a Talmud-Torah school and at ‘Alliance’. Aged 10 he joined Maccabi-Tsa’ir and participated in the second “Maccabiya”. Aged 14 he joined the “National Hebrew Youth Alliance”, an Etzel Cell, where he received his first weapons course. Training took place at Kibbutz Ashdot-Ya’acov, Afikim, Sha’ar HaGolan and Ginossar with participants assisting in guard-duties and in work. After the division he joined Etzel. When Etzel split he joined Lehi, accepted by Yair himself. He took part collecting funds and in recruitment, especially of members from Haifa’s ‘Metsada’ youth, which he had helped establish and was its Jerusalem Branch secretary. He was arrested 1944 due to an informer, imprisoned in the Kishleh Prison, interrogated, then sent to Latrun. In December 1945 he was exiled to Eritrea with 55 other prisoners then transferred to Gilgil Kenya. He was active in the Drama group, in publishing the prisoners’ newspaper ‘Badad’, and he helped printing Uzi Arnon’s book, ‘The Mouth and the Ear’. July 1948 he returned to Israel with the last group of exiles. The day after his return, Ya’acov joined the army and became a physical education instructor, suiting his skills. He organised courses for sports instructors in the Northern Sector, and taught at the sports instructors’ school at ‘Bahad III’ Base and other Bases. Discharged 1950, he worked as a supervisor in various government institutions. Ya’acov has lived in Beer-Sheba since 1957. In 1961 he married Yochevet Dravkin, teacher in a teachers’ academy.They have two daughters and a son: Sheri, who organises and produces events, Leah, Dr. of Microbiology, and Asher, Landscape Architect. The couple have two grandchildren. Since retirement, Ya’acov volunteers helping immigrant families from the Soviet Union.