NAME: Pinchas (née Damti), Mazal


DATE OF BIRTH: 07.1931

DATE OF DEATH: 5.2.2015

Mazal, daughter of Zechariah and Miriam, was born in 1931 in the city of Damt in southern Yemen. When she was year old, the twelve-member family left to make aliyah. They walked all the way to Aden, then sailed to the Land of Israel.

The family settled in the Marmorek neighborhood of Rehovot. Her brothers were active in the underground until he State was established. At sixteen, Mazal joined Lehi, though her brothers in other movements had their doubts.

Mazal put up posters, then was sent to Petah Tikva, where she commanded a squad of young women. She also conducted night patrols around Kfar Maas. One night she met an IZL member, David Pinchas. They married in 1949. As he was from Petah Tikva’s Mahane Yehuda neighborhood, they made their home there. They had three children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

While working as a teacher’s assistant in a kindergarten, Mazal completed her high school diploma. She then worked as a correspondent and editor for the Kivun Hadash newspaper, read by Petah Tikva pensioners. She also wrote many poems, published as Shirei Savta by Afikim and Beit Yehudei Teiman (2009).

She died of a stroke at age 83 on 5.2.2015.