Udi Fogel
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 Udi Fogel


Mar 11, 2011 - Udi Fogel (36) and Ruth Fogel (35) along with three of their children Yoav, 11, Elad, 4, and 3-month-old Hadas were stabbed to death by terrorists in their home in Itamar, in northern Samaria.

Udi was the second of five children of Haim and Tzila Fogel, among the founders of the Neve Tzuf community in Samaria. Although he had scientific inclinations, he turned to the field of education and the yeshiva out of ideological motives. He served in the army as an intelligence officer.

Udi and Ruth Fogel lived in Netzarim, in Gush Katif, and after the 2005 disengagement from the Gaza Strip moved to Ariel. They settled in Itamar two years ago, where Udi taught at the post-high school yeshiva, and opened his home to his students. A former neighbor from Netzarim related that they were "an amazing family, always the first to volunteer for everything."

Rabbi Yehuda Ben-Yishai, Ruth's father, described his deceased loved ones as "pure souls, righteous of the earth, loved ones, holy ones."

Udi's parents recalled the last time they saw Udi, Ruti and the children, on the previous Saturday night. They celebrated the start of the month of Adar Bet in Itamar, danced, sang and laughed.

The eldest daughter of the Fogel family, 12 year old Tamar, promised her relatives: "I will be strong and succeed in overcoming this. I understand the task that stands before me, and I will be a mother to my siblings."

Udi Fogel was buried at the Har Menuchot Cemetery in Jerusalem alongside his wife Ruth and their three children. They are survived by their daughter Tamar, 12, and sons Ro'ie, 8 and Yishai, 2.

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