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20,000 Attend Funeral of Lone Soldier Sean Carmeli HaYa”D

Sgt. Sean Carmeli, ZT"L

Sgt. Sean Carmeli, ZT"L

Yesterday morning we read about the lone soldier from the small Texas town nobody had ever heard of who had been killed in Gaza trying to destroy the Hamas terror infrastructure, Sean Carmeli. Later in the day, emails and facebook messages kept arriving in Hebrew and in English asking that people come to his funeral.

Israel values all of its soldiers; they are our children. Israeli kids are raised knowing that after high school they will be drafted. (I’m not getting into the chareidi draft issue here.) Religious girls frequently take the option to do Sherut Le’umi, National Service and volunteer in all sorts of places, schools, hospitals, memorials etc. Young men who are exempt for various medical reasons quite often petition the IDF to be accepted as official soldier volunteers and get positions suitable for them.

And then there are the new immigrants and foreign IDF volunteers who come to Israel either just to serve or knowing that their choice to be Israeli means that they will be drafted and serve in the army without a mother waiting at home to do their laundry and make sure there’s hot food for them. They are the true idealists, and Sean Carmeli was one of them.

When an Israeli born and raised IDF soldier is killed, his funeral is attended by his family, childhood friends of all members, fellow students and those from the neighborhood and more. Funerals here for whomever, no matter what the reason of death, are usually humongous. Here in Shiloh, a small funeral, quickly arranged on a Friday before Shabbat can have a minimum of fifty to a hundred people, and the larger more public funerals, like the triple one for the three teenagers murdered by Arab terrorists a few weeks ago are attended by hundreds of thousands. Compare that to a very recent funeral in New Jersey for a policeman killed, Fallen Jersey City Police Detective Melvin Santiago laid to rest.

JERSEY CITY – The Jersey City police officer who was shot and killed while responding to a report of an armed robbery was laid to rest today. Hundreds of police officers from around New Jersey and surrounding states came to St. Aloysius Church to pay their final respects to Melvin Santiago.

IDF Staff Sgt. Sean Carmeli was laid to rest accompanied, honored by about 20,000 people.

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HaMakom yenachem…
May G-d comfort his family and friends

About the Author: Batya Medad blogs at Shiloh Musings.

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21 Responses to “20,000 Attend Funeral of Lone Soldier Sean Carmeli HaYa”D”

  1. G.d bless his soul!!Praying for his family and friends!R.I.P.You are a true hero,like all IDFsoldiers!We stand with Israel forever!♡♡♡

  2. God Almighty bless, Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanjahu. Israel holds a strong defense with the bravest and best educated soldiers in the world. You defeat your evil enemies and with all your knowledge of living daily with those evil enemies. Save the world from this evilness. Amen

  3. God Almighty bless, Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanjahu. Israel holds a strong defense with the bravest and best educated soldiers in the world. You defeat your evil enemies and with all your knowledge of living daily with those evil enemies. Save the world from this evilness. Amen

  4. If it be Thy will, may God guide, and protect all volunteers and soldiers and bring about God’s will. Amen.

  5. If it be Thy will, may God guide, and protect all volunteers and soldiers and bring about God’s will. Amen.

  6. If it be Thy will, may God guide, and protect all volunteers and soldiers and bring about God’s will. Amen.

  7. “I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.” Psalms 2:6

  8. I swear this looks like me and I suspect if someone was distributing my brain tissue to make them look good it is my sort of idiot cheerfulness and piety

  9. Patty Norris says:

    If me and my husband were young with no children we would fight with Israel eventhough we are Christians

  10. he could have been my son, who was also a lone soldier

  11. May the God of all comfort wrap his loving arms around the families. HE THAT WATCHS OVER ISRAEL NEVER SLUMBERS OR SLEEPS

  12. May the God of all comfort wrap his loving arms around the families. HE THAT WATCHS OVER ISRAEL NEVER SLUMBERS OR SLEEPS

  13. May his memory be a blessing.

  14. Salute! AM YISRAEL CHAI!

  15. R.I.P brave soldier

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