Our 19 year old daughter is in America, in a place with very poor mobile signal. Communications from her have been sparse. Last Friday morning, I received a text from her which began “I am safe and happy.” I jokingly said that it sounded as though she had been kidnapped.
On Friday afternoon, I heard that someone else’s 19 year old son had been kidnapped together with two 16 year olds, the age of our next daughter. Their captors have not allowed them to communicate with their parents, however sparsely. Over a week since Eyal, Gilad and Naftali were last seen, no-one has heard from them at all, or has any definite idea where they are.
Many people will have seen the incredible parents of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali, speaking to the media in English or Hebrew. Where they have found the strength to dress, at all, let alone in matching clothes, and to speak powerfully and coherently, even with a smile amidst their tears, I don’t know. The immense emunah which they have shown should be an inspiration to all of us as we continue to daven for the safe and speedy return of
Eyal Yifrah Eyal ben Iris Teshura
Gilad Shaar Gilad Michael ben Bat Galim
Naftali Frankel Yaakov Naftali ben Rachel Devorah
The story of the 200+ Nigerian girls kidnapped a few weeks ago has gradually moved down the list of new stories across the world. #BringBackOurGirls is no longer trending. In the UK, the small amount of coverage which Eyal, Gilad and Naftali received in the general media has already faded, as attention moved to the World Cup.
As a week of captivity becomes two weeks and the Israelis concede that the operation to bring the boys home may take a long time, please don’t let them move down the list of stories – continue to daven, learn, do mitzvos, send positive thoughts and encouraging letters to the families.