According to Arutz Sheva, Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid visited the home of kidnapped teen Gilad Sha’ar in Talmon today and discussed with Gilad’s mother (Bat-Galim) how much Israel has changed in the week since the boys were abducted.
First Bat-Galim told Lapid about a groom who stopped off at their home on the morning of his wedding as a sign of support (brides and grooms are said to have a special merit to bless others on the day of their weddings). Then Lapid told Bat-Gilam “I too won’t be able to look in the mirror knowing that I didn’t do the maximum” (to free the boys). “I haven’t prayed for six years. Since the bar mitzvah of my son I haven’t been in a synagogue. When the story of your sons broke, I looked through the entire house searching for my grandfather’s siddur (prayerbook). I sat and prayed,” Lapid explained.
Lapid is not the only secular Israeli politician turning to Jewish observance as a way to shake the Heavens and bring back these teens to safety. On Wednesday it was reported that Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar has begun to observe Shabbos and attend Torah lessons.
President Shimon Peres met with the parents of the three kidnapped boys on Thursday at his home and explained “Three families like this can lift up a nation to heights previously unknown, and I’m not exaggerating. It’s been several days that Israel is different, unified, joined, praying, fighting.” Racheli Frankel, mother of Naftali, reportedly told a group of rabbis from the RCA today on a telephone conference “The chareidim have been amazing, the chilonim have been amazing and the unity we feel is much more than a cliche.” She then noted that one of her visitors said that if Hamas knew how much these abductions would bring our nation together, they never would have taken those boys.
May we continue to unite, to go outside our comfort zone to create spiritual merit for our sons, and fill the world with more light and more love than it had a week ago. Rabbis are calling for Shabbos candles to be lit fifteen minutes early today. If you don’t normally light Shabbos candles, please consider lighting this week for our boys. And may we hear good news very soon!