Baruch Dayan HaEmet.
For the past three weeks we have, collectively and privately, prayed for the safe return of the three Israeli teens, Gilad Shaar (16), Naftali Frenkel (16), and Eyal Yifrach (19), who were abducted by terrorists on June 12.
We at Holy Blossom were blessed when Gilad Shalit was with us for Kol Nidre and led the Prayer for the State of Israel. How moved were we then to be in his presence and to hear his voice! How we have prayed for the return and restoration of the three Israeli youth!
We have added our voices to the millions around the world who rallied behind the #bringbackourboys campaign. We have included their names, at the request of their mothers, during every prayer service, and we joined in the community rally to recite Psalms and pray for their safe return.
And today, with broken hearts, we must express our condolences to the Shaar, Frenkel, and Yifrach families. We offer up our prayers that God will watch over and protect the souls of their sons. We join in hope, with good people everywhere, that senseless hatred and violence will give way to a lasting peace for our beloved land of Israel.
Oseh Shalom bimromav Hu ya’aseh Shalom aleinu, v’al kol Yisrael.
May the One who brings peace to the heights of heaven, bring peace to all Israel and all the world. Amen.