When Noa Ben-Samchon was just two years old, her father was killed in the First Lebanon War. Today, she is married and a mother of three. Noa claims that her father is always with her, despite the fact that she does not have any tangible memories of him.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the family/Channel 2 News

Tziper was killed on June 11, 1982. He was a reservist soldier who was fighting in the eastern region of Lebanon. Tziper was injured and transported to a hospital in critical condition. Hours later, he succumbed to his wounds. He left behind a wife and two children: 6-year-old Gili and 2-year-old Noa.

“One of my mother’s most well-known stories is about how I would go to my nursery during the shiva [Jewish mourning period] and brag about my father’s death- I thought it was a good thing because a lot of people came over to our house and it felt like a celebration,” recalled Noa, who is now 36 years old, married and a mother of two. “I have two memories of my father: One of us peeling oranges in the orchard behind our house and another of him teaching my brother how to ride a bike- but these are just flashes of images, not a tangible memories.”

Ran (Rani) Tziper

Ran (Rani) Tziper Photo Credit: Courtesy of the family/Channel 2 News

In an interview with Channel 2 Online, Noa says that although it was hard for her to remember her father, he is always with her. “My mother decided to continue to live in the moshav where his parents lived,” she explained. “They always talked to us about it. On every Memorial Day, we would hear more stories, met another person who knew him and he would tell a story.”

“On the most important occasions- bat mitzvah, wedding, the births of the children- he was missed the most,” Noa continued. “At these times, you want your two parents there by your side. It hurts me that he never met my husband and children- and that they never met him.”

Noa said that she was never jealous of her older brother Gili, who had more memories of their father: “I think maybe it was harder for him- because he knew what he was missing.”

A few years after her father’s death, Noa’s mother met a man who she later married. “He had three children of his own and they managed to unite our families in such a way that I consider them my brothers today,” explained Noa.

Noa with two of her children

Noa with two of her children Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

“When my oldest son turned two, it was a moment at which I stopped and thought to myself,” she said. Noa explained that her children- ages six, three and 18-months, are well acquainted with her father’s story. “His picture is hanging in our home and in recent years, they started coming to the memorial service. They seem enthusiastic and ask questions. They know of Grandfather Rani.”