Tuesday, August 18, 2009

For Gilad Shalit

Gilad Shalit's capture and incarceration has been on our minds for 1150 days. It is a crime that this situation continues. In 'normal' wars the International Red Cross deals with communications and physical conditions of soldiers captured in the line of duty.
Why doesn't this apply to Jewish soldiers???
Why is my country being blackmailed into setting free hundreds (thousands?) of terrorists convicted of murdering and maiming civilians???
How Mubarak, the leader of a country which has a peace treaty with Israel state that Gilad Shalit "is unharmed" but not produce even a shred of evidence of that. Yet, he makes excuses for the lack of failure of the "deal" for the release of Gilad Shalit.
The poor Gaza residents quoted in yesterday's New York Times are complaining about their bad roads.
Gilad Shalit should be sent home and reunited with his family and my family and the families of all of Israel should not have to be endangered to do it.

Bring Gilad Shalit Home Now!
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Call out to God!
This picture is from the celebration where a Tora scroll was placed in the ark of a synagogue on a tank corps base in the Golan Heights. The scroll was dedicated on Gilad Shalit's Jewish birthday with the hope that we will merit the safe return of the kidnapped soldier. (More pictures here.)

I just heard an interview on the radio with someone who is organizing the donation and dedication of another Tora scroll, this one at Rachel's Tomb, tomorrow Rosh Chodesh Elul. He asked that people come to the dedication tomorrow at 7:00 pm. At the dedication they will be reciting five chapters of Tehillim (Psalms) and he asked that those of us who can't come say them as well at the same time.

The chapters are: 20, 24, 121, 130 and 142. פרקים: כ' ב"ד קכ"א ק"ל קמ"ב
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Call out to the world!
The other thing you can do is joing the Tweet 4 Shalit campaign on Facebook and Twitter. Use the #giladshalit early and often on August 26 - Gilad's birthday. This may not be as effective as prayer but if everyone 'tweets' a lot together and puts the #giladshalit out there at the top of the list it can bring a measure of publicity recognition of the problem.

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