In Memory of our Fallen Soldiers
Shmuel Aharon Marmelstein
Born in Montreal, Canada on the 18th of Nissan, 5721, a graduate of Yeshiva University
Murdered on the eve of Shabbat Kodesh, Parshat Emor, the 17th of Iyar, 5740, from terrorist gunshots, in the holy city of Chevron, on his way from evening services to his Shabbat meal.
Any person who knew Shmuel Aharon immediately realized that he was a Ben Torah in everything that he did. He lived his whole life by the traits of honesty and modesty. You can tell a lot about a person's personality from the little things. The following incident, which occurred on the last day of his short life, on his way to his final destination, the city of our fathers, tells us about a few of his good traits. On his way to Chevron, Shmuel Aharon arrived at the end of a long line of people waiting for the bus. At the front of the line was a group of his friends, who naturally offered him to join them, and forgo the long wait. Shmuel declined and because of his bona fide honesty, went to the end of the line.
This incident characterizes Shmuel Aaron's personality, in which the spirit of the Beit Medrash was alwaysa recognizable. His happiness in learning Torah, which lit up his face with a smile, and the gratefulness that he always expressed, made him special and beloved by all.
May His Memory Be Blessed