Tales of Friendship and Heroism: A Personal Tribute to Noam Alper and Yosef Goodman21 April 2023
In honor of Israel's Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism, VOI's Ari Abramowitz and Jeremy Gimpel each tells a personal story of loss. Noam Apter, one of Jeremy's closest friends in the Torah Academy, was killed on a Friday night (on Shabbat leave from the IDF) while on kitchen duty at his yeshiva. With bullets in his stomach and hip, Noam managed to lock the kitchen door and prevent the terrorists who had shot him from entering the dining room and killing the dozens of people inside.
Yosef Goodman, Ari's friend from Houston, died in a training accident while serving in the elite IDF commando unit, Maglan. On a jump from a plane, his parachute got entangled with that of his commander. His response was to cut the ropes of his parachute, saving his commander's life at the expense of his own.