Karsh, Yaakov (“Yaakobi”)
Son of Mordechai and Esther. He was born on February 15, 1954 in Kibbutz Alonim. He attended elementary school and high school in his kibbutz. “Yankele’s outstanding qualities in his childhood were the desire to be free from dependency, to be independent and not to be spoiled, despite the love that the surrounding environment gave him,” says Rachel, Yaakov’s kindergarten teacher. “He was a blond boy with blue eyes, , With many freckles scattered on the little nose. ” “I have been treating Yaakobi for nine years,” writes Avigail, the therapist. “He did not always stand out as a child, he always wanted to be okay, to be quieter, he was obedient and always did what he was required to do. All his energy and enjoyed his work. ” His friend, Gabi, relates: “Jacobi was always smiling and full of joy, and he had a lot of influence on his surroundings, he saw his life on the kibbutz, worked hard to promote the kibbutz and contributed to his work, society and culture. To feel the energy of this young man, who never gives up and fights for every ball, Jacob loved the country and from childhood he went on trips and was even a member of the circle of the country. ” “We loved Yaakov because of his kindness and the simplicity of his behavior, he loved children and he used to have ‘serious conversations’ with them, and sometimes he would attract us with some kind of prank or a somewhat loud speech, but never stand out.” As his father attested, Ya’akobi was a devoted son to his parents. He cared for the safety of his mother, who loved and admired and was proud of any novelty his father would bring into the apartment or garden. He was involved in family life and helped his parents wherever he could. Yaakov was drafted into the IDF in November 1972 and volunteered for the Paratroopers Brigade, successfully completing the various stages of training and despite all difficulties, completed all courses successfully, fought in the Egyptian front during the Yom Kippur War, He says: “There was, in Ya’aqobi, a wonderful combination of will and recognition. He demanded from others what he demanded of himself, and yet he never placed himself above those around him, he understood that everyone was doing his best. “On the 23rd of Adar 5731 (March 6, 1975) Yacobi went with his comrades to an ambush in Lebanon. He was left behind by his parents, brother and sister, and his family and kibbutz members published a booklet in his memory, including stories from his childhood, memoirs of friends and relatives, and memoirs His close friends in the kibbutz and his army service.