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Daniel Haas, z"l, a short beautiful life in pictures and words

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FC: (December 9, 1955 – July 21, 1982) | Daniel Haas

6: Every year at this time I think about Danny Haas. A classic case of ADHD when I knew him in high school, before there was a name for the syndrome. he could not sit still, couldn't even stay in class, he was two years ahead of me, and a person I admired so much. When he got into something, a project, a plan, he became the person in the plan. First I heard of him, he was busy making a hang glider out of aluminum poles that was destined to crash down gentle slope of a hill my brother saw him attempt to take off from.

8: I think he was Spock from Star Trek for a while, but in 1973 he was Kwai Chang Caine (David Carradine) of the Kung Fu television series, which believe it or not, was really big during its three year run on television. Danny went into the woods out behind our small ranch house of a high school and created a hidden dojo of branches and leaves, his refuge of contemplation among nature's elements. He practiced with home-made throwing stars trained with those slow motion moves and statuesque poses that were popularized by the karate kid many years later. His devotion to the life of the king fu master was inspiring. He taught me that it is more efficient to breathe with the diaphragm rather than the chest, and I practiced that in bed, sitting in class, riding in the back seat of the car, until I thought I understood what he meant. | One Friday night at a gathering of teenagers in someone's house, we were in the kitchen and Danny was showing us some of his moves, whether self-invented or gleaned from a book, I never knew for sure, this was WAY before the internet and Wikipedia, but one second I was following his closed fist aimed towards me and the next I was sitting in a chair with my nose up in the air trying to stop the bleeding amid a chorus of approving "Oh"'s and "Ah hah"'s. I was impressed, thankful that I could be a part of the exhibition. And he was genuinely sorry that I was hurt, but he had that huge smile and twinkling in his eyes that prevented anyone from ever getting mad at him. That smile is what I remember most.

10: In the heart of the Shomron in Israel Nov. 9, several generations of Clevelanders, including the Israeli-born family of the late Daniel (Danny) Haas, gathered to dedicate a unique installation in his memory. Daniel, son of Meyer and Shoshanah Haas of Cleveland Heights, was a platoon sergeant in the 1982 Lebanon War who fell after his troops engaged Arab infiltrators in the Mansur Valley near the Israel-Syrian border. Young Israel of Cleveland, working with the American Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, raised the money to create a mobile army Bet Knesset (synagogue). The trailer-type unit, which accommodates up to 50 people, can be divided into a mens and woman’s section and is outfitted with appropriate prayer and study books, a new Torah scroll and air conditioning. It bears a beautiful plaque in Danny’s memory.

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  • Title: Daniel Haas, z"l, a short beautiful life in pictures and words
  • Daniel Haas, a Clevelander, made Aliya to Israel as a Chayal Boded, a Lone Soldier. Danny was killed in July, 1982 in an ambush in Lebanon, while serving the State of Israel and the Jewish People. May his memory be blessed.
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  • Published: about 6 years ago