In Memoriam of:

Tal Bira

In Loving Memory of the Innocent Souls Taken Too Soon. United in peace, their light shines on in the hearts left behind. October 7, 2023, a day of sorrow, but their memories guide us toward a hopeful tomorrow.

Tal z"l was born on December 27, 1961 in Moshav Avigdor near Kiryat Malachi, the second child of Avigdor and Rebecca, originally from Portugal. His father worked as a farmer in the Moshav and his mother nurtured the family, creating a space of warmth, a bosom of joy and calm for the children - Batya, Tal and Amit. The fields, the spaces and the sense of family cohesion gave Tal his roots. When Tal was five years old, the parents decided to make their home in Be'eri, where Rivka grew up. His younger brother Oron, z"l, was born there.

The transition to the kibbutz was not easy. The sensitive child suddenly found himself in a busy children's home. He had difficulty adjusting to the shared accommodation, and stood on the sidelines in the "Dagan" group. Little by little he managed to carve out a place for himself to express his talents. In his golden hands, which he inherited from his father, he fixed and operated various things. Thanks to his natural playfulness, he stood out as an actor in plays.

Tal looked forward to the Shabbatot, the family gathering, the feeling of togetherness that brought moments of happiness and gave him a renewed sense of the anchor that had loosened. He especially loved the family's Shabbat trips, going out to the areas around the kibbutz with a picnic blanket and food in backpacks. He dedicated himself to taking care of the family's wolves.

After military service in artillery, Tal went took a year off, and worked at Kibbutz Retamim Ha'Tsair. He was welcomed with open arms as a kibbutznik with experience in a variety of jobs and with the same golden hands. It was a happy and meaningful time, but Tal welcomed its end to return to Be'eri. For him, the kibbutz was the place that the poet Zelda described so well: "The house shares/ in the revelry of the sky;/ the sun throws into it/ its burning gold/, and the night/ overwhelms it with starry darkness."

Tal was a kibbutznik who saw work as a sacred value. He worked in various branches of the economy, including the ornamental and the automotive industry. Thus he had the opportunity to examine the kibbutz from different angles. He had a sharp criticism, along with a great love that he was able to express in the films he created.

At the same time as work, Tal had many hobbies. He was a true autodidact. His hobbies went beyond the limits of the concept of hobby and became professional. He participated in film studies at Shaar HaNegev, and became the unofficial photographer of the family and the kibbutz. He was there, behind the camera, at cultural events, bar mitzvah videos, family gatherings, and gave his special touch. He zealously guarded the collection of films he made about the kibbutz, and was going to bequeath them to his nephews.

Tal also found an interest in clocks - ancient and rare clocks that were made by the hand of a craftsman, with complicated mechanisms, which require his own gold hands to operate them. He studied the mechanics of each watch, studied its history and knew where to find the tiny parts required to repair it. He participated in conferences that dealt with the field, and on his last trip abroad he was a guest of honor at watch factories in Switzerland. He returned from the trip enthusiastic and happy, with plans to expand the collection.

Another love of Tal was cooking. For him, cooking became a work of art, made out of an investigation of the ingredients of the dish and the cultural background in which it was created. No wonder he specialized in cakes and desserts, a field that requires the knowledge and precision of a scientist, along with a rich imagination. Tal created his own culinary language. At every family gathering he knew how to surprise with a new dish or pastry.

The love for cooking introduced Tal to Persian cuisine and opened up a new world to him - the world of Persian culture. As usual, he began to study the subject comprehensively, and researched the origins of the culture and its customs. He read books written by Iranian authors and watched films by Iranian directors. He liked to "open a table" with a variety of Persian delicacies, and joined as a member Facebook communities of Iranian expatriates. The connection he felt was strong, so much so that he requested in his will that his funeral ceremony be conducted by a rabbi of Persian origin.

Tal surrounded himself with an extended family and was its warm heart, a heart always open for each of its members. He had a special bond with his brothers and sister, and also with his nephews. They were a source of pride for him, and he knew how to be a supportive place of love for them. With extraordinary sensitivity, he knew how to set aside time and attention for everyone. He knew how to express his love in special gifts he created and in pampering and surprising Saturday breakfast meals. In those little things that create a warm and cohesive human being.

Tal was a proud human being, with a great soul. Two weeks before his death, on the eve of Yom Kippur, Tal wrote on Facebook: "May we know how to hurt less throughout the year, be more sensitive and more attentive and respectful of others. Even if it doesn't always match our way."

Tal was murdered on October 7, 2023, in the terrorist attack on Bari and the Gaza Strip. His brother Oron and his family, wife Yasmin, and two daugheters, Tair and Tahel, were also murdered that Saturday.

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