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Light of Hope and Prayer

Friday, 13 June, 2014 - 5:07 pm

The terrifying news from Israel this morning took me back to a Friday 20 years ago. I wish to share with you the story, and more importantly, to request an immediate action. 

It was on a Thursday afternoon in October 1994 when an Israeli soldier was kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists who gave 24 hours to fulfill their demands before they will execute the young solider. The ultimatum was to expire on Friday night at 8:00pm.

I remember walking that Friday evening in the streets of my hometown Tzfat. It was the most memorable eve of Shabbat I had in my life. Every home lit Shabbat candles, and all the synagogues were packed with men, women and children who came to pray for the safe return of young Nachshon.

The feeling was like one big family who had come together to bring their child back home.

As you may have seen in the news, last night, a group of cruel terrorists kidnapped three Israeli teens and disappeared with them, most probably into the Palestinian territories.

Jewish tradition teaches that  when women and girls light Shabbat candles on Friday evening it is a powerful time of prayer. The gate of heaven are open when we begin our day of rest by illuminating our souls and our home. 

The families who are in trepidation that one can not imagine, requestedthat  every Jewish woman and girl, when lighting Shabbat candles, pray for their sons, that they all return home safe with no losses to the Israeli security forces.

Let us hearken to their appeal and dedicate this Friday night for the three Israeli boys Yaakov Naftoli ben Rachel Devorah, Gilad Michael ben Bat Galim, Eyal ben Iris Shira.

Let us light tonight  (in Victoria between 7:36 and 8:57) a light of hope, a flame of unity. May G-d Almighty hear our prayers and may this Shabbat be a Shabbat of peace and great news. 

Comments on: Light of Hope and Prayer
6/13/2014 wrote...

May the hardened hearts of the captors become softened by Hashem as we bring light into the world through our davening and candle lighting.

May those precious young men be immediately released unharmed and returned to their loved ones.

May our defense forces who are so valiantly looking for them come to no harm.

A gut Shabbos,

Meshpachat Shortt

Elisabeth Gelb wrote...

May the Gates of Heaven open to receive our Heartfelt Prayers for the safe return of Naftali Frankel, Eyal Yifrah and Gilad Sha’ar.