This was one of the most tragic moments in modern Jewish history. But how did the Jewish people respond? They came together in ways they never had before.
The Three Kidnapped Teens
In the summer of 2014, three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped by Hamas and murdered. Their names were Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer, and Eyal Yifrah, and they brought the entire Jewish people together in prayer and unity. Their names and their faces will never be forgotten. They are etched in our hearts forever.
How the Jewish People Responded
When tragedy strikes, the Jewish people respond with prayer. They respond by joining together and singing and praying for G-d to heal and comfort them. They ask G-d for things to get better and for G-d to improve whatever situation they are in.
In the beginning, when Naftali, Gilad, and Eyal were kidnapped, no one knew if they were alive or not. So the nation prayed. And they prayed hard. They joined together, hand in hand, for children who were not their own but ultimately became like their own. Jews from all over the world felt the pain. Everyone was hoping for their safe return.
And when the news broke that they would not be returning home to their families, the tears flowed. From everyone.
But this video shows exactly how Jews respond to tragedy and responded to this tragedy. They unified their hearts and souls. They pleaded with G-d together.
May we merit to join together not only in times of tragedy but in times of happiness as well.