There is sad news out of Israel today. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, 19; Gilad Shaar, 16; and Naftali Frenkel, 16; have been found Northwest of Hebron, shot to death. These were the three teens the Greater Baltimore community and the greater Jewish community have rallied around. In Baltimore, partners with the Associated, including Har Sinai Congregation, have placed three yellow ribbons around their signs in solidarity with Israel and with the families of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali.
I am sure many of you are feeling tremendous amounts of anger and outrage at this turn of events. And, there will be time and opportunities to funnel that anger and outrage into ways that may ultimately prove to be productive and helpful.
But, that won’t bring back Eyal, Gilad or Naftali. Nor will it give any meaning to their senseless slaughter. At this time, we offer our prayers and thoughts to their grieving families. We hope the perpetrators are brought to swift and expedient justice. And, as always, we pray that there will be a day when we no longer have to bury victims of pointless anger and hate.
In the meantime, we will be adding Eyal, Gilad and Naftali to our yahrzeit list, and we will strive to continue to rally around their families and around the nation of Israel. Terror cannot and will not be abided. Nor will we cower in fear. We strand strong with our brethren just as we take the names and memories of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali into our hearts.
May the Merciful One bound their souls up in the bond of everlasting life. May their names and their memories always be for an abiding blessing.