Jewish untiy for a high price

Jewish untiy for a high price

Jewish unity

For the past two and half weeks, since the kidnapping of the three yeshiva students Gil-ad, Naftali and Eyal, there has been a strong Jewish unity in Israel. I can’t remember any other time when the Jewish unity has been so strong as it is today. Everyone comes together, religious, non-religious, right wings and left wings to pray together and comfort each other. The whole nation feels that Gil-ad, Naftali and Eyal are our brothers and sons. It is not theirs – it is ours. It reminds me a bit about Pesach and the four sons. The clever son talks about “when we left Egypt” and not “when they left Egypt”. This is a strong sign that we start to reconnect again like one nation as it should be. It is just so sad that we had to pay such as high price as a kidnapping for us to open our eyes.

The Jewish unity outside Israel

Unfortunately the reaction from the greater Jewish community abroad has been lame. Maybe I am a dreamer, but I had really hoped for some massive demonstrations outside the UN headquarter or outside the EU parliament by prominent Jews. No major Jewish organizations abroad have raised the issue and especially in the USA, where the President hasn’t officially condemned the kidnapping yet. But I am not surprised. In Israel we Jews are part of the Nation and feel united to each other in a much stronger way. Outside of Israel the Jews are not only Jews, but also a part of another nation. Life goes on outside of Israel and the effect of the kidnapping is not felt as strongly as for us living in Israel.

In Israel many famous people and artists have given a lot of themselves and among them we have Udi Davidi, the famous Israeli singer. He composed a new song in the name of Gil-ad, Naftali and Eyal and gave a special supportive concert in the home community of Naftali Frankel on June 21th to give his support to the family and community.


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