Master Sgt. (res.) Naftali Yonah Gordon, 32, a soldier in the IDF’s Artillery Corps Battalion 53, was killed in battle in Gaza on December 7.
Naftali, who was a physiotherapist in Jerusalem, leaves behind his wife, Pesi, two daughters, Libi and Gefen, his parents Beaty and Daniel, and his siblings, Yaakov, Sara, Shira, Rivka and Dvash. He was buried on December 10 on Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl.
He was born in the US, and made aliyah with his family when he was a toddler.
Speaking at Naftali’s funeral, his wife Pesi, who lost her sister Malki Roth in the 2001 Sbarro bombing, said that he was a perfect husband and father. Naftali’s mother Beaty Gordon said her son had been an excellent swimmer and loved jogging. She also said he always wanted to help people. His sister Shira Posner echoed this, saying that he was a “man of action” and a “man of honesty and justice who was filled with joy and humor.” Naftali’s fellow soldiers said he had been like a brother to them and that he had regularly put himself at risk for them.