Izzy Ezagui was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Miami, FL by a religiously observant Jewish family. After returning from the Taglit Israel Program Ezagui was inspired and empowered to join the IDF as a volunteer at the age of 18. Soon after becoming a volunteer, Izzy fully enlisted without any prior Hebrew knowledge. After his nine months of training, Izzy, along with his brigade, was sent to Gaza for "Operation Cast Lead." During this operation a mortar shell struck with a 30-meter kill radius. The explosion severed Ezagui's left elbow and was amputated in a hospital in Beersheba.
Unlike other soldiers who had suffered from a similar injury, Izzy was determined to reenlist in the IDF in a combat unit. He was persistent with his intentions and, with the help of Maj. Gen. Galant, Izzy was successful in returning to the army. It was not, however, without difficulties. Izzy had to go off of his pain medicaiton and was required to retake his field test. This would require him to jump, crawl, shoot,etc. all things that Izzy would need to relearn to do both one-handed and with his non-dominant hand. Despite the dificulty, Izzy was successful and completed his service in 2011 with the rank of first sergeant.
Now Izzy has moved on to his next stage in life. A hero among men, Izzy remains a Special Forces reservist for Israel and returns to Israel yearly for training. Izzy receives and accepts invitations to speak at all types of events around the world, and he has addressed audiences of well over one thousand on the topics of motivation, success, overcoming obstacles, and the Israeli army. Izzy is currently writing his memoir "Single Handed."
From Izzy's website, izzy-speaks.com