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Missing yeshiva student Aharon Sofer of Lakewood, NJ has been in Israel since last fall. He is no novice to the area, and would not have easily gotten lost.

Israeli searchers for missing Lakewood, New Jersey yeshiva student Aaron Sofer have found some of his personal belongs near a trail, his last known location, but fears are growing that the 23-year-old youth has been kidnapped and/or murdered.

Police and a dog unit have tracked the Jerusalem Forest area where he was last seen on Friday afternoon by his hiking partner, who reported Sofer’s disappearance when his friend did not return shortly before the beginning of the Sabbath Friday evening. The friend’s identity has not been revealed.

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Sofer’s parents flew to Israel after the Sabbath to be on hand for developments.

New Jersey politicians have called on the U.S. government to lend its hand in the search, and Lakewood residents have been in constant prayer for the young man’s safe return.

Hamas terrorists’ kidnap-murder two months ago of three yeshiva high school students, one of them an American, is all too fresh in the minds of Israelis and American Jews.

Police are asking the public to help search for Aaron Sofer, 23, a yeshiva student who went missing around midday last

Sofer is 5’9″ (1.75 meters) tall, with a short red beard. He wears glasses, a white shirt, black slacks and a black kippa.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Just saw this on a local email list:

    Please pass this on to as many people as possible. Aharon Sofer is our first cousin, he was last seen on Friday in the Jerusalem Forest. R' Chaim Kanievsky says that he is alive in an arab village and now we need to daven and men should learn mesachas shviis. R' Dovid Abuchatzeirah says now is the time to daven. The family has set up numbers for people to call for people to take perakim of tehillim so we can try to finish sefer tehillim 1,000 times. Anyone interested can call 058-320-4859 or 058-320-4860, 917-809-5145 or 917-809-5146. These numbers all ring to an Israeli cell phone so between 11 pm and 8 am Israel time, please text 443-929-6549 and we will respond with perakim to say.

    May we hear besuros tovos bekorov!

    The Sofers
    RBS residents

  2. Golda Meir needs to be disinterred and her remains deported for demoralizing the Jewish people with her stupid remarks: "We can forgive you for killing our children, but we can't forgive you for making us kill your children." "There will be peace when the Arabs love their children more than they hate us." STUPID! Imagine Churchill and FDR saying such things during WW2! There will be peace when the Jews love their children more than they love peace!!!

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