Nitsan Almog's Eulogy for her brother, Eran OB"M (Shloshim Memorial and Dedication Ceremony – ALEH Negev)

Nitsan Almog's Eulogy for her brother, Eran OB"M (Shloshim Memorial and Dedication Ceremony – ALEH Negev)

Nitsan Almog’s heartfelt words at the ceremony naming of Nahalat Eran

My one and only brother Eran, my little prince,

We came here today all together for the first time – Rani, Yali and Ori and I. For the first time I’m standing in the house you loved so much as a mother with a family, but you are no longer here.

My precious Erani,

I sit and look at your pictures, photo after photo after photo – small moments of our shared life together.

Here we are together at my fifth birthday, and here you are a sweet baby in your infant seat. Here we are together on the porch in our old house in Rishon. Here you are with Abba, here with Imma, here you’re sitting, here you’re running and here you’re smiling.

And here you are already a teenager, standing in the kitchen with a cup of coffee, exactly in Abba’s typical pose.

Here is your first day at ALEH Negev, splashing in the pool, always happy –

And suddenly, I come to those last pictures of you in the hospital, those pictures that dear Miriam so stubbornly and lovingly insisted on taking.

The shine in your bright eyes is already dulled, your beautiful hair is gone, your hands are no longer waving joyously in the air and an overwhelming exhaustion is obvious on your face.

I sit and look at your pictures, at our pictures. Small moments that were captured forever – and the tears fill my eyes.

Erani, my little brother – what remains of you now that you’ve gone?

You never spoke a word to me all the time we were together, but the dialogue between us was always so alive and present – filled with joy, song, laughter, warmth and hugs.

And now that you’re gone – there remains only silence.

There remains only memories, pain and tears that refuse to disappear.

I try to become part of the pictures again, to dive into them and relive those moments. To hear the humming of your voice, to feel your hands directing me what to do, to laugh from your small tricks and enjoy the special look shining from your blue eyes.

But you are no longer here.

ALEH Negev, which will from now on bear your name as Nahalat Eran, is located in the wide expanses of the desert, just like the landing place of the little prince in Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s classic:

“This is to me, the loveliest and saddest landscape in the world… It is here that the little prince appeared on Earth, and disappeared. And, if you should come upon this spot, please do not hurry on. Wait for a time, exactly under the start.  Then, if a little man appears who laughs, who has golden hair and who refuses to answer questions, you will know who he is.”

(The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery)

My one and only brother Eran, my little prince.


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