The Gift of the Three Kedoshim

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9 Responses

  1. Rabbi Harry Zeitlin says:

    May we retain forever the soul and solidarity that was revealed these last weeks.

  2. Chana Rivka Gersh says:

    Beautifully said; thank you!

  3. Gershon Spiegel says:

    Thank you Rabbi Adlerstein. I looked to Cross-Current to help make sense of this tragedy and was not disappointed.

  4. Raymond says:

    I do not see why we Jews cannot always be as united as we have been these last eighteen days. As long we Jews have at least some measure of respect for our Torah and its traditions, we should respect one another.

    What exactly did those barbaric followers of Allah gain by committing such cowardly acts of pure evil? What kind of perverse minds gets pleasure or even thinks about doing something like those kidnappings and murders in the first place? We Jews do all we can to enhance life and build civilizations, while their side spends all of its time and energy destroying lives and destroying civilizations. I am so tired of us Jews being the doormats to the world. May G-d avenge the blood of those three students and all the other Jews throughout our history who have been so senselessly murdered.

  5. Yisrael Asper says:

    “We would have to say something – and we can’t.”

    You did say something and precisely what there is to say. We can’t talk too much of anything else right now without them being on our minds returning to them as our topic of conversation and their is plenty to say, the same thing again and again in different ways in appreciation of them. Yes there should be a price to pay and that would hopefully serve as a warning to our enemies, but what would and really does give us their legacy is what they brought out in us. Everyone was together, secular, Chareidi, Dati Leumi. Even Shimon Peres who fairly or unfairly has looked like he was lacking the backbone of standing up for his people, urging peace negotiations despite the terror, still rose to the occasion at the UN. It had to be inside us or else it would not have come out.

  6. Meira-Leah says:

    Thank you Rabbi. These words are a comfort to many of us who could find no words at this time. They also provide some sense of direction and purpose. It would be another tragedy for people to feel frozen or that their prayers were futile.

  7. Nachum says:

    With all due respect, this post would have been better without the gratuitous swipes at the “loss of soul.” This is unfair and the result of some crude stereotypes from that era. The “soul” of today didn’t come from nowhere.

  8. Ben Waxman says:

    I do not see why we Jews cannot always be as united as we have been these last eighteen days

    The break apart, the arguments, the anger at “the other” has already started. Minister Yair Lapid was invited by one of the families to eulogize their son. That invitation generated a decent amount of heat in some quarters. “Him?? Not the Rav HaRashi, not the Ramat Kal, not Gideon Sa’ar who is getting a bit religious? Yair Lapid?”?????

  9. L. Oberstein says:

    I have just returned from 2 weeks in Israel. It was palpable that everyone in Israel felt closely the tragedyThe sense of family and the personal concern of everyone was evident. The only sour note was an o ed in Haaretz from an avowed athiest who couldn’t stand that everyone but him was praying. He felt that this wasn’t his Israel and why were secular people praying to the G-d of the settlers. It just showed how out of touch Haaretz is with the spirit of Israel today. It must be in a time warp.

    NPR interviewed someone from Gaza today and he kept talking about the 3ew settlers. That makes it easier to justify murdering teenagers just because they were Jews.

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