In memory of Elhanan Attali

This site is dedicated to the memory of Elhanan Aharon Attali הי"ד, a young Jerusalem resident, army veteran and a student in the "Ateret Cohanim" Yeshiva inside the walls of Jerusalem, who was murdered at the age of 26 by terrorists, the night of Purim 5751 (1991), while walking on Hagai Street in Jerusalem's old city.

אלחנן אתאלי במעיין השילוח

Elhanan was born in France in 1964, and a month later, made Aliya with his parents.

Eleven years later, Elhanan’s family moved to the Old City of Jerusalem. Elhanan studied in Kibbutz Kfar Etzion, and later in Mercaz HaRav, Ateret Cohanim and Beit Orot Yeshivot.

He served as a commander in the Engineering Corps of the Israeli army.

Elhanan was a gentle, peaceful soul who loved Jerusalem with all his heart, especially the Shiloach Spring and the City of David. It was his dream to found a Yeshiva there, and he would visit the site at every opportunity.
The first Rosh Chodesh and Simchat Beit HaShoeva celebrations there were organized by Elhanan, and continue on today, in his memory.

On the last night of the Gulf War, the eve of the 14th of Adar, 5751 (Mars 1991), on his way to a Purim party, Elhanan was ambushed and brutally murdered, just a minute’s walk from the Western Wall.

On Tu Bishvat, a month before Elhanan’s murder, one of Elhanan’s favorite sayings was published in “Ateret”, the Yeshiva’s monthly newsletter. It is attributed to his Rabbi and teacher, Chanan Porat. “As the days of a tree are the days of my people” (Isaiah 65:22). – Just as the dead cells of a tree are what build its trunk and give it strength, so do those who fall for the people of Israel strengthen and build our nation. They do not weaken us. Rather, they give us the strength to continue on the path towards salvation and liberation.

May his soul be bound in the chain of life and may his memory be blessed.