Erez's resilience after defending his family from a Hamas attack inspires hope and showcases the triumph of the human spirit.

Since the start of the Operation Iron Swords, we have been witness to a number of inspiring stories which have highlighted the sheer resilience behind the human spirit. Erez is yet another testament to how we have it in all of us to triumph over trauma.

Defying All The Odds

On October 7th, Erez stood alone defending his family and home in Kfar Aza. For hours, he blocked the door to his safe room while Hamas terrorists tried to burst through. In the process, he ended up suffering some severe injuries and eventually passed out. He was rushed to Sheba where he had to undergo eight different surgeries. 

The 56-year-old father was stronger than anyone could have imagined. Not only did he defend his wife and children, but months after recovering called up the doctors and surgeons that saved his life and invited them to join him on a run in Kfar Aza. After going through one of the most traumatic events anyone could go through, he was returning to the scene of the disaster for a run.

Running for Victory

It would be his first time completing a run since he sustained his horrific injuries back in October. In his own words, Erez stated, “This is my victory run, for all of us. This is the first time I’ve run since the injury. When I was hospitalized, I joked with the doctors about whether I would run in the future or not, and I wasn’t sure I’d ever be able to run again. But I did and from now on it’s a tradition, I hope. It’s not scary to run here in the Kfar Aza. This is a victory,”

We are astounded and inspired by the strength of this man. We hope Erez and everyone affected by the attacks on that horrific day are about to continue thriving and live their lives to the fullest potential.

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