As you hopefully have heard, three high school students were kidnapped this past Thursday on their way home from school. It is an act of terror that has shaken the country to the core. While there is plenty of anger and hate that has arisen from this terrorist attack, more visible, especially through social media, is the banding together of Israelis and Jews from all over the world to pray for the safe return of these students. Hopefully, these collective prayers will assist them in a safe return home.
On Sunday night, Adam attended a prayer service at the Kotel. Over 10,000 people were in attendance. He said that after everyone said tehillim for the boys, people broke out in song. Tens of thousands of voices together as one, demonstrating how important the life of a person is. Only in Israel.
The kidnapping isn’t the first time since we have been in Israel that we have noticed that the value and love for Israel runs deep in the hearts of those that live here. On festive occasions, such as Yom Yerushalayim, people take to the streets dancing and singing. People dress in white and blue and dance with the Israeli flag. As we walked the streets on Yom Yerushalayim, I felt a sadness that nothing like this ever happens in America. It doesn’t ever seem that people are truly proud to be American these days. Why is that?
While the civilian population has banded together in prayer, the IDF has been doing everything in its power to find the boys. Feeling that prayer is not enough, groups of people have been organizing food drives for the soldiers who have been working nonstop to bring the boys home safely. You can feel the restlessness of the population to actively help in the search. Even I feel guilty trying to sell our things for the move and go about my daily business while they remain in the hands of terrorists. But we do what we have to while we constantly pray for their safe return. If we stop living, then the terrorists win, and we can’t let that happen.
I wish I could end this post by saying that the boys have been found and returned to their families, but no such news yet. So we must wait and see. Hashem willing soon…
Until next time…
P.S. If you haven’t heard, there have been a number of rockets fired on Israel from Gaza while the IDF searches for the boys.