A special message from Rabbi Epstein


My dear community,

So much has been said and continues to be said about the horrible murder of Naftali, Eyal and Gilad.  We cry. We grieve. We scream. We weep. We think. We pray. We ask. We beg. We remember. We doubt. We falter. We question. We hesitate. We die inside.  And we know that our nation is a nation apart.

As a nation that has known no peace or tranquility for millennia, we are sadly not newcomers to news of utter devastation and of invasion of our peoplehood by those who wish to see our ultimate undoing. But we respond with prayer. With fellowship. With care. With community. With speech. With supplication. With spirit. With determination. With purpose. With determination. With willful unwillingness to accept the world as it is. With strength. With power. With resolve. With hope. But without our boys.

Those of us – all of us – who wished to # bringbackourboys have not wished for no purpose. In wishing for them back, we have grown closer, more sensitive to the plight of those around us.

Today, as a nation, scattered across the globe, yet with a homeland for the first time in 100 generations, we bury our boys. But as a people, we must draw strength from the One True Judge, the Dayan HaEmet, who we turn to in our times of greatest joy, and most profound sadness.

And to paraphrase what we have spoken and sung since we were children, in the Grace after Meals, “May those who sow in tears, surely merit to reap in joy”.May those days come soon, may we be comforted amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem and may the Fraenkel, Yifrach and Shaer families find solace and comfort in the open arms of the millions of our Jewish People who weep with them today.