In the summer of 2014, Eyal Ifrach, Gil-ad Shaer and Naftali Fraenkel were kidnapped by terrorists on their way home from school. Jews from around the world came together to search, pray and offer support. The sense of unity reached its peak as the three Israeli boys were found and buried together.
A year later, the families of the boys are asking the Jewish world to re-experience and strengthen this unity by participating in their first yarzheit. Their call to action has been amplified by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Gesher and the Israeli Ministry of Education, along with dignitaries and Jewish institutions around the world.
This anniversary, both poignant and powerful, invites us to honor the teens’ memory by committing one day, “Unity Day,” to bringing back that sense of togetherness and hope.
The words of this author reflect his/her own opinions and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Orthodox Union.
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