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Abraham Munder

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Abraham Munder, Affectionately known as “Munder” by those close to him, embodies kindness, gentleness, and a quiet strength. He seldom voices complaints, maintaining his composure through challenging times. Munder’s story began before Israel became a state, his early years spent in Givatayim. Over half a century ago, he made his way to Kibbutz Nir Oz, a move that led him to meet Ruthi, his partner with whom he built a shared life. The birth of Ohad, their sole grandchild, brought immense joy into Munder’s life, marking a cherished milestone for his 70th birthday.
Within the Kibbutz Nir Oz community, Munder is celebrated not only for his unwavering loyalty and dedication but also for his role as the storied warehouse manager at the Nirlat factory. His melodious, beautiful voice graces the Eshkol choir, adding another layer to his rich life. But perhaps most precious to Munder are the moments spent with Ohad. Together, they enjoy playing, and particularly assembling puzzles, weaving a tapestry of lasting memories and imparting life’s valuable lessons.
On Saturday October 7, the holiday of Simchat Torah, Kibbutz Nir Oz was under heavy attack, as were other communities in southern Israel. The attack, perpetrated by Hamas terrorists from the Gaza Strip, targeted innocent civilians, shattering their peaceful lives with unprecedented violence.
Four members of the Munder family, father; Abraham, his wife; Ruthi (78), their daughter Keren (54), and grandson Ohad Munder Zachri (9) were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists that dreadful Saturday. Sadly, Munder's son, Roee, fell victim to the brutal terrorist attack, losing his life at the age of 50. In a poignant turn of events, Roee was laid to rest without the presence of his parents or his elder sister.
Ruthi, Keren and Ohad were released from Hamas captivity as part of a temporary cease-fire agreement in late November.

The circumstances of Munder’s abduction, following a motorcycle accident that left him injured, resulted in his separation from his captured family members. Upon their return home, his family learned he had survived the ordeal and was being held hostage in Gaza without access to his necessary medications. Living with severe health conditions, Munder depends on a walking stick and wheelchair for mobility. This situation underscores the challenges faced by those with complex health needs under the harrowing conditions of captivity.
Reflecting on Munder's ordeal, the unbearable thought of a loved one, especially of advanced age, enduring such conditions strikes a chord. Munder’s absence at a time when his presence is most needed at home, calls for urgent action. His family, echoing the sentiments of many in similar situations, advocate for his immediate return, emphasizing that time of essence in their plea for his release. Ohad, now nine years old, eagerly awaits the day when Grandpa Munder returns from captivity so they can sit together again, sharing in the simple joy of building puzzles side by side.
The song “Ruthi” is one of Munder’s favorites. A traditional Russian melody with Hebrew lyrics by Haim Hefer, performed by iconic singer Arik Einstein. Let us listen to the song and imagine Munder’s beautiful voice:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuLY_sx4j9E

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