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Why Israel Searched For The Boys

Thursday, 7 August, 2014 - 7:09 am

The shloshim (the end of the thirty day mourning period) for Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali – the boys in Israel who were kidnapped and killed by terrorists last month – was yesterday. There is a question I have been wondering about ever since their bodies were discovered and the tape of their phone call to the police was released to the public: Why did Israel search for the boys if there were clearly gunshots in the background of the call? (Wasn’t the outcome obvious?)


Israel searched for the boys for the same reason that the Maccabees searched for oil when the Holy Temple was completely trashed and desecrated. They searched for the boys for the same reason Queen Esther went before Achashverosh to attempt to save her people from Haman’s evil decree even though appearing before the king was asking for a death sentence. They searched for the boys for the same reason a motley crew of Holocaust survivors and refugees in 1948 attempted to fight back when every Arab army surrounding them tried to destroy them.

They searched for the boys because the Jewish people lives with hope.

In the most impossible situations throughout our history, we have attempted the impossible time and time again and in some of those times miracles have occurred. Why have we always clung to hope even in our darkest hours? Because we cling to Hashem who is called “The Hope of Israel” (Mikvah Yisrael). 

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