On the holy Sabbath, 25th of Av, 5766 (August 19th, 2006), Emmanuel gave up his spirit in the name of his people, land and Creator, may God avenge his death.
Lt. Colonel Emmanuel Yehuda Moreno fell in combat in the Ba’albek valley of Lebanon, at the end of the Second Lebanon War. Emmanuel was a man of truth and modesty, a man of many deeds and few words, a true friend and human being, a man of faith tied to the people of Israel and Torah of Israel in all its layers and complexities.
It is said that Emmanuel was one of the greatest fighters to have emerged in our time. This greatness surely derived from the exceptional harmony he held between a life of action and deeds, and a life of spirituality.
“You are no longer Emmanuel of the family, nor Emmanuel of Maya and the children, not even Emmanuel of the Unit. From now on, as we already see from this funeral, you are Emmanuel of Clal Israel (all of Israel); and as such, despite your protests, you have lost the right to remain modest and humble, and as for us your friends the obligation has fallen upon us to ensure the people of Israel, indeed know who you are and how great a loss your death was for the people.”
- Matan, comrade-in-arms
Following the fall of Emmanuel, friends and family took upon themselves the obligation to convey to the people of Israel just who that hero was who crossed our path, and not to simply tell a heroic tale, but in order for each and every one of us to take from the special qualities and moral compass that Emmanuel held in his dedication to the people and land of Israel and to the Creator of our world.
Therefore, in addition to this memorial site, we established the non-profit organization B’darkei Emmanuel (In Emmanuel’s Way) as a means to carry out these objectives.