NAME: Mori Haim

DATE OF BIRTH: May 13, 1930

DATE FALLEN: January 6, 1949

Haim was born on May 13,1930 in Qada, Yemen, to Yosef and Leah. In 1935, when he was five, the family made aliyah and settled in Shekhunat Ephraim in Rehovot, which was then just an agricultural settlement.

Haim studied in Yeshivat Porat Yosef, where he was found to be gifted. He was very successful in yeshiva, and he completed six grades of elementary school and two more of night classes at Mizrahi. Due to his parents’ economic privations, he had to abandon his studies and begin working. He learned zincography and how to copy pictures, and he went with his brothers to Tel Aviv.

His traditional education brought Haim to the ranks of Bnei Akiva, the Religious Zionist youth group. Like many of his friends, he joined Lehi. In the Yizkor memorial volume published by the Ministry of Defense in 5716 (as well as the Tidhar Encyclopedia, 4325, which copied Yizkor), it is recounted that “he joined the Hagana, and he fulfilled this role faithfully until his final day.” It is impossible to know if this is correct or an error. Indeed, it may be true that he first joined Hagana and then moved on to Lehi. In any case, as a Lehi member, he enlisted in the IDF with his comrades, as his serial number, 86032, demonstrates, and he served in a company composed of Lehi members.

At age 18, he joined Compony C of Battalion 82 in the 8th Brigade, the “old man’s brigade,” under the command of Yitzhak Sadeh. He took part in Operation Danny and Operation Yoav, and he was injured in the capture of Beersheba, surviving miraculously. His eleven-year-old brother was killed when the Egyptians shelled Rehovot, and their father wanted Haim to be discharged or at least taken off the front lines. Haim, however, refused: “Our nation is in the midst of a fierce battle… and I will not abandon the battlefield.”

Haim was killed in action in one of the final battles of War of Independence, the final stage of Operation Horeb. After the long journey, through Auja al-Hafir, the Sinai and Rafiah, Haim’s company tried once again to capture the intersection at Rafiah. In the battle at the junction, Haim was killed. He was buried in Mishmar HaNegev, and later on he was re-interred, along with his comrades, in the military section of Nahalat Yitzhak in Tel Aviv.

Haim died on January 6, 1949 and was buried at Nahalat Yitzhak on November 15,1949.