Nechemia and Aharon, his commander, were standing next to each other as they cleared a house outside Gaza City when a mine went off and shrapnel filled the air. “It’s just miraculous that his injuries are moderate considering how close he was to a mine explosion,” said Rabbi Rubin who has four other sons in the army. Nechemia is being treated at Beilinson Hospital in Petach Tikva where he underwent emergency surgery to remove shrapnel from his eye and was treated for burns on his face and arms. Nechemia Rubin’s bride of two months, Meital, and his mother Orlene are at his bedside. Aharon, who left the Gaza front to get married and returned to fighting the next day, remained in critical condition at the same hospital.
“One of the soldiers told me that after the boys were hurt, the first and only thing Aharon asked was ‘is everyone okay?’” said Rabbi Zev Karov, Aharon’s father.
Nechemia Shalom Dovber ben Orlene
Aharon Yehoshua ben Chaya Shoshana