We heard the bitter news several hours ago.
It's slightly after midnight in Israel, and I just returned from a lecture I gave in Beersheva. All over Israel, there are spontaneous prayer vigils at main intersections, like the one pictured above (image courtesy of Flash 90 via Israel National News), as Israel mourns the tragic and brutal deaths of martyrs Eyal Yifrah (19), Gilad Shaer (16) and Naftali Frenkel (16), the three yeshiva students who were kidnapped on June 12, 19 days ago. Without a doubt, every family in Israel feels as if this is their personal loss.
Our three martyrs were savagely murdered in cold blood by a barbaric and heartless enemy. But, they didn't die in vain; these three martyrs affected a change in the entire populace here. They did what no one else could - they brought the Jewish People together.
As far as we know now, the bodies of the three were found badly mutilated in a shallow grave near Halhoul, an Arab town north of Hevron.
The search is now over. Our loss is unfathomable, for which no words can describe. My heart tells me that we'll see big changes, for our three martyrs have brought us a giant step closer to Moshiach. The future won't be easy. There will be a tremendous war against evil, but emuna will win and Hashem's Holy Name will be sanctified,as we say in the Kaddish prayer, yitgadal v'yitkadash Shmei raba - amen.