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