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Hebron - Brief Descriptions Of Israeli Teens Found Dead

Published on: June 30, 2014 07:12 PM
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FILE - In this Tuesday, June 24, 2014 file photo, Leehy Shaer, the aunt of kidnapped Israeli-American teen Naftali Frenkel, looks over at a photo of the three missing teens during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Hebron - The three Israeli teenagers found dead after they were abducted in the West Bank were average young men who loved sports and having fun. They went missing on June 12 while hitchhiking home in the West Bank. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused the Hamas militant group of abducting and killing them after their bodies were found buried in a field near Hebron, not far from where they went missing. The bodies are going through forensic identification, and the families have been notified.

Here are some remembrances of the three boys:


NAFTALI FRAENKEL, 16, is a dual Israeli-U.S. citizen from the Israeli community of Nof Ayalon. His grandparents moved to Israel from the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn in 1956. In a speech in front of the U.N. Human Rights Council on June 24, his mother Rachelle made an emotional plea to the world to do more to help find the boys. Rachelle called her son an ordinary teenager who “loves to play guitar and basketball, a good student and a good boy, a combination of serious and fun.” Naftali texted his mother the night he went missing, saying he was on his way home.



GILAD SHAAR, 16, is from the West Bank settlement of Talmon. His family described him as an amateur pastry chef who loved to watch movies. Gilad’s mother was also in attendance at the U.N. Human Rights Council on June 24.


EYAL YIFRAH, 19, from the town of Elad. Described as loving sports and cooking. In two YouTube videos recently shared by his family, Eyal can be seen performing a song he composed for his cousin’s wedding, and singing with a friend just a week before the kidnapping. Eyal’s mother was also in attendance at the U.N. Human Rights Council on June 24.

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 Jun 30, 2014 at 07:28 PM Wise-Guy Says:

I don't know who wrote these "Eulogies", but they left out the best part.

Besides their many other good attributes and virtues, they were Yeshiva-students that performed Mitzvos and studied Torah!

(And even though there are unfortunately those that don't value properly these meritorious aspects of their lives, it should have at least been mentioned.)


 Jun 30, 2014 at 07:37 PM Nussy Finster Says:

Those three teenagers could have been me 35 years ago.

The Grey House (former White House) is silent.


 Jun 30, 2014 at 08:13 PM Lkwoodmom Says:

Your readers may appreciate the following email sent by Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman of Passaic:
The Short Vort
Today is Monday the 2nd of Tammuz 5774 and June 30, 2014
Please, Leave Me Be
If you are seeking from me words of comfort and consolation you will not find them.
If you are reading this in order for you gain some sort of insightful understanding of the tragic events then I advise you to stop reading.
This missive will not be one of comfort and consolation.
If you are looking at me as the rabbi who undoubtedly has the proper response and is able to theologically articulate and make sense out of the tragedy, then you will be utterly disappointed.
I have no words of comfort.
I offer no consolation.
I have no insight and no comprehension.
I am numbed and I am left wondering and wandering in my grief and my loneliness.
I cannot see the ‘good’ in this and I cannot comprehend the ways of the creator and certainly not of some of His creations.
I cannot and hope to never be able to understand how a human being can murder three innocent human beings with the justification that they are following the word of their (imaginary) ‘god’?
To be cont. in next post . . .


 Jun 30, 2014 at 08:17 PM Lkwoodmom Says:

Continued: I cannot fathom the level of cruelty and savagery a person must lower themselves to in order to murder a child in cold-blood.
However, alas, it has occurred.
I am angry and I am confused.
I am pained and I am mourning.
I feel lost and alone and abandoned.
The only passuk which comes to my mind is the one said by Iyov (Job) so many years ago: “If I have sinned, what have I done to You (why does it bother You so much)? You (Hashem) who have created me, why do you make me the target of your wrath?”
(Iyov 7:20)
I am sorry to disappoint those of you who were searching for answers and consolation in the words of the rabbi; however, I too am human and my heart aches just as yours.
Today I have no answers.
Today I have no comfort.
Today I have no comprehension or insight.
Today I just have tears;
Tears for Naftali, for Gilad and for Eyal
However, most of all I cry for their parents who as they attempt to sleep tonight, they now know that their lives will never be the same.
The laughter of their sons will never return.
All of us will thankfully eventually return back to our normal, mundane lives.
To be continued . . .


 Jun 30, 2014 at 08:18 PM Lkwoodmom Says:

Continued part 3:
All of us will thankfully eventually return back to our normal, mundane lives.
However, for the three parents of the boys they have reached a period of no return.
You may see them next month or next year; you may see them in fifty years; the pain will always be there; the emptiness will never be filled.
Please do not turn to me for answers today.
Please let me be as is; please don’t ask me any questions.
The only questions I feel I can relate to today are the ones asked many years ago by Dovid himself:
“How long, O Lord will You forget me forever?
How long will You hide Your face from me?
How long will I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart by day?
How long will my enemy have the upper hand over me?”
(Tehillim 13:2, 3)
When the answers to these questions become known there will be no more questions which need answering.
May that day arrive soon.

“If Not Now, Then When?”- Hillel
Ron Yitzchok Eisenman, Rabbi, Congregation Ahavas Israel, Passaic, NJ


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