For two and a half weeks I watched helplessly as Israel searched for three teenage boys who were kidnapped on their way home from Yeshiva. Yesterday I wept gallons of tears upon hearing the news that their bodies had been found. The only good news is that it appears they were killed very soon after being captured without first being tortured, which is often the case. Today I cried even more as I watched for hours while our country processed what happened and laid the boys to rest. Side by side their bodies are laid in the ground. I think I wept more for the parents than the children. No one should go through what they’ve just gone through.
Of course, they are not the only ones. It wasn’t that long ago that 8 – EIGHT! boys were gunned down IN THEIR YESHIVA while studying Torah, and even more recently the Fogel family slaughtered in their home in the middle of the night, then there’s the father and baby who were killed when Palestinian “kids” threw rocks at a passing car, and that’s just the tip of the murderous, monstrous nightmare.
So what’s the answer? Everybody thinks they know…these guys say give up our land…those guys say bomb the hell out of Gaza….the other guys say empty the country of all Muslims who don’t want to be peaceful citizens of Israel….others say get rid of them all. I’m no politician and I have no clue what the answer is. But I do know one thing, I’ve got to do something.
In my speaking and coaching, I work hard to help people to learn to love and accept others – even those different from themselves. That is my contribution to peace. But right now, it just doesn’t feel like enough. I need to get my hands dirty. I need to DO something. So what does a peace loving, positive person do in answer to such brutality? Instead of destroy, I BUILD!
My husband and I learned today that in answer to the violence, a new Jewish community is being built in Gush Etzion, on a hill overlooking the very place that the boys were abducted. And, its being named for them. Givat Oz Gaon. Gaon stands for Gilad, Ayal and Naftali. Its being spearheaded by Nadia Matar and the Women in Green. If you’d like to financially support the endeavor, you can click here and donate.
So we decided that this is how we will show our anger and our sadness, we will do something, we will build. My husband and I are spending our vacation camping out to help establish this new community. Because what better way to answer those who would destroy but by building? If you would like to support us directly, you can send a gift through paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will be blogging right here about our new adventure, so I invite you to follow me on this new adventure as we build a new community in Israel!