Israel and the world are consumed with worry and fear for the lives of
Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel,
the three boys kidnapped by terrorists in Gush Etzion this past week,
on Thursday, June 12, 2014. Since then, the Israel Defense Forces and
intelligence establishment have launched Operation Brother's Keeper and
are leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to locate the teens
and, with God’s help, return them to their parents unharmed.
that ongoing heroic operation, the Jewish nation, since its
inception, has known that in addition to such efforts on the ground,
it must also “grasp the tools of their ancestors,” and appeal to God
through Torah, tefillah (prayer), and ma’asim tovim (good deeds).
To that end,
the Orthodox Union, with its international youth movement, NCSY, and
its Department of Community Engagement and Synagogue Services, and in
partnership with Bnei Akiva and the Rabbinical Council of America
(RCA), is launching a “virtual vigil”
- an around-the-clock schedule of learning, prayer, and mitzvot,
performed by OU/NCSY members and partners throughout the world. It is
the hope of all involved that through these earnest efforts in the
merit of Gilad Michoel ben Bat Galim, Yaakov Naftali ben Rachel Devorah and Eyal ben Iris Teshura, Hashem will see fit to bring them home safely and quickly.
Individuals interested in participating can go to www.ncsy.org/bring-back-boys
and fill out a simple form to select a day and a 30-minute slot, and
identify what activity they are committing to for that time. While it
is our deepest desire that this campaign will become unnecessary even
as it is launched, it is also our intent to continue this project
non-stop until our boys are brought home.
Allen Fagin, Executive Vice President Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, Executive Vice President, Emeritus
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