Wife of Injured IDF Soldier Publicly Announces ‘G-d Wanted Me’ To Leave Husband

Yehuda Yitzhak HaYisraeli, an Israeli soldier badly hurt in the 2014 Gaza war, with his wife Rivka and daughter.
The wife of the worst-injured soldier from Operation Protective Edge publicly announced her decision to ‘start down a new road.’ and initiated divorce proceedings. Yehuda Hayisraeli an American Israeli soldier, was critically injured during Operation Protective Edge as he was trying to save Hadar Goldin Z”L.


Arutz 7 Reports:

Rivka Hayisraeli, the young wife of Yehuda Hayisraeli, who was critically injured in 2014’s Operation Protective Edge, wrote on her Facebook page that she is “starting down a new road” but did not elaborate.

The Hayisraeli’s before Yehuda was injured.

Yehuda Hayisraeli suffered a severe head injury during the war, and remained in a coma for over a year. The couple’s second child, a son, was circumcised in Be’er Sheva’s Soroka Hospital, outside his father’s hospital room.

Yehuda HaYisraeli and MK Naftali Bennett sing together

Yehuda is currently living with his parents and undergoing intensive rehabilitation. [He is slowly recovering, including talking and even] led the Jerusalem Marathon this year in his wheelchair.

According to the Hebrew-language news site Mako, Rivka last month opened a divorce file at the rabbinical court.

Her main fear was that Yehuda’s family, busy with his rehabilitation, would feel hurt that she had made this decision.

Hayisraeli family (Courtesy: Facebook)

She did not want to hurt either Yehuda or his family.

“A week after the family sat with Rivka, she received her get (religious divorce),” a family member said. “The exact time was scheduled to fit with Yehuda’s schedule, and the rabbinic judges were amazingly cooperative.”

Yehuda Hayisraeli with both children wearing Givati brigade berets. (Courtesy: Facebook)

“They needed to see that Yehuda was clear enough and functioning enough to execute the divorce. Not every judge agrees to take such a responsibility on his shoulders, and we weren’t sure it would happen until the last moment. First, they had to make sure he understood what he was doing.

Yehuda Hayisraeli (Courtesy: Shalvah)

“Everyone cried in the end. Yehuda cried, too.

“Only when we saw that Yehuda was able to place the get in Rivka’s hands, did we know it was final.”

Rivka said, “I have nothing to add. Everything I had to say, I wrote in my Facebook post.”

Yehuda Hayisraeli with his father taking a helicopter ride.

Rivka Hayisraeli’s full Facebook post:

G-d wanted us to meet that first time, five and a half years ago.

G-d wanted us to continue to a second date, even though the first date wasn’t that great.

G-d wanted us to marry, and to build our home together.

G-d wanted us to have two children, a girl and a boy.

G-d wanted us to have two and a half amazing years together.

G-d wanted me to merit being by your side, to absorb you, to learn so many things from you.

G-d wanted you to fight in the war, even though you were supposed to start a commander’s course.

G-d wanted you to get a piece of shrapnel in your head, which would injure you very badly, specifically you – the only one of your group to be injured.

G-d wanted you to be unconscious for a long time.

G-d wanted us to go through ups and downs, endless thoughts, questions, and dilemmas.

G-d wanted you to wake up, progress very slowly, but you’ll never be the same person.

Gd wanted us to check, to try, to think.

G-d wanted us to understand that in this situation, there’s only one path for us.

G-d wanted to leave me an opening.

G-d wanted me to start down a new road.




Israel National news and Mako contributed to this story


  1. Your decision may or may not have been correct, but please don’t blame G-d for it. He gave you free choice and you exercised it. He did not compel your decision!

  2. Although it is easy to attribute everything to G-d. we still have free will. Take responsibility for your decision. You wanted the divorce and you decided to get one.

  3. God wanted it to happen?

    This stupid little girl is not even worth wasting our thoughts on. She made her choice, which is fine and fair enough.. but to use God as an excuse?

    Please God Yehuda will make a better recovery and he will fall in love again, with someone worthy of him

    She is not worth evening remembering

  4. I’m really disgusted with the judgement in the comments here. You don’t know what she went/is still going through. Taking care of your husband who is no longer the same person at all can put a major strain on a marriage. They went from a husband-wife relationship to a nurse-patient relationship. He has his ups and downs and who knows if he’ll ever recover mentally- if he doesn’t however and his condition chas veshalom worsens, she could remain an aguna for the rest of her life, because he won’t have the ability to give her a get. As for her “blaming God” – she isn’t blaming Him or taking any of the responsibility away from herself- she just believes in God and believes that this is the path He wants for her.

    • I totally agree with you “anonymous”, no one has the right to judge this woman and what she had to go through to make this hard decision!

  5. Till death due you part, or until your husband becomes a hero by sacrificing himself so you can live in piece.

    • Christopher, those are the CHRISTIAN vows, not Jewish vows. Jews traditionally marry “according to the Law of Moses and Israel”, not, “Do you, ___ take ___ to be your lawfully wedded wife/husband….” “to cherish and obey… til death do you part/as long as you both shall live…” etc. Nowhere does it say any of that.

      As for the other replies, some are disgusting.

      There’s only one Seat of Judgment and it’s well occupied.

  6. This is not a question of what is Jewish marriage oath like or Christian one. This is about honesty, love and a question of taking a commitment and honouring it and your own word. Marriage is a commitment that can’t been thrown to the rubish when it simply is not comfortable any more. Marriage is not only about sex or having babies (anyway she already has two), if it was, all people who are married to an esterile person would ask for divorce always.
    He is facing the “worse” and “sickness”, and if she wants to be a decent humanbeing she should not divorce him. He didn’t offence her at all, but he was injured fighting tor THEIR country and THEIR people, including those 2 kids they have. I can’t imagine a worse way of betraying your husband.

    Besides this, can you imagine how confident soldiers will go to war if they think in case they get injured their wife will abandon them????? .

    I wonder is she thinks being a decent humanbeing consists in eating kosher and covering her hair, while she fails the most important commitmente she has ever taken, with her huband and the facther of her kids.

    She SHOULD be the one taking care of him, she should be trying to give him joy and a reason to recover, she should accept his parents collaboration but should be the person in charge of helping him to recover and she should be taking care of their kids, that is what a proper woman would do, but she is an spoilt child.
    And obviouly she dosn’t love him and probably never did, he is a much more moral and honest person because he agreed to divorce, despite how alone of betrayed he may feel.

    And I know what I am talking about, my husband suffers from a severe Parkinson’s desease despite his age, and he can’t eat by his own, he can’t wash his teeth, take a shower or do any other simple hygiene tasks, one can hardly understand him when he talks, he suffers from periodic depressions due to his lack of dopamine, he can’t work nor earn any money and he could not procreate any children, of course. Not only I will never abandon him, but I work in order to mantain all our family, because I love him and that was the commitment I took 25 years ago, that is my moral duty and also what I want to do. He would do it for me.


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