Michael Levin (z"l) was one of three soldiers killed on August 1, 2006 in clashes with Hezbullah in the southern Lebanese village of Aita al-Shaab. An immigrant from the United States, he had been living in Israel for four years.

Born and raised near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Michael grew up in a traditional, loving Jewish household. He was active in HaGesher Region USY and attending Camp Ramah in the Poconos. In February of 2001, Michael came to Israel for two months and attended the Alexander Muss high school program. After graduating high school, Michael attended the NATIV USY year long program in Israel. In his NATIV yearbook he wrote:

"You can't fulfill your dreams unless you dare to risk it all"

At the young age of 16, Michael had decided that he wanted to move to Israel and join a front-line combat unit in the Israeli Defense Forces. He followed his dream three years later, and immigrated to Israel, joining the elite paratroop unit #890 shortly thereafter. He spent some time living at Kibbutz Yavneh, and then moved to an apartment in Jerusalem, which he shared with two other soldiers.

michael levin lone soldier

This summer Michael had received special permission to travel to the United States to visit his family. When he heard about the outbreak of the war, he decided to end his trip and return to help his unit. He went straight to his commanders and demanded to be sent up north to defend Israel against Hezbollah. Seven days later he was killed.

On Tisha B'Av, Michael Levin (z"l) was laid to rest at Mount Hertzl Cemetery. His family - mother Harriet, father Mark, sister Elisa and his twin sister, Dara -- flew in from Holland, Pennsylvania. They were joined by thousands of people from all over Israel who came to pay tribute to his memory, his heroism.

Michael Levin (z"l) was the personification of the word 'hero". He made the ultimate sacrifice for the Jewish State and the Jewish people.

May Hashem console his family among the mourners of Tsiyon and Yerushalayim.