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Funerals of Israeli Teens Brings Tears and Memories; Families and MK’s Eulogize

The procession at Shalavim of Naftali Frenkel.

The procession at Shalavim of Naftali Frenkel.
Photo Credit: Hillel Maeir / Tazpit News Agency

The families of the three murdered Israeli teens conducted separate services and eulogies before laying their children side-by-side in a joint funeral in the Modi’in cemetery later today. Thousands gathered together in the home communities of Gil-ad Sha’ar (16), Naftali Frenkel (16) and Eyal Yifrach (19), whose bodies were discovered on Monday evening not far from the site where they were abducted in Gush Etzion by Hamas terrorists nearly three weeks ago.

Israel’s government ministers spoke at each of the services. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon spoke at the service of Eyal Yifrach in Elad. “The song of their lives was stopped. They were kidnapped and murdered just because they are Jews,” said Ya’alon. “Even in these hours, our security forces are looking for their murderers and we will not rest until we find them. Before us stands a cruel enemy, a terror organization that seeks to kill us. But we will not be afraid and they will pay a heavy price.”

“Dear Yifrach family; Iris and Uri, these hours of personal grief are shared by all of us. May their memories, Gilad, Naftali and Eyal, be blessed,” said Israel’s Defense Minister.

“You were such an example to your family. Your brothers are missing you, Eyal,” said the weeping father, Uri Yifrach. Eyal Yifrach’s grandfather said at his wake: “I am convinced that Eyal struggled with the kidnappers with all his strength, to show them that we are not afraid, because he was a hero in his soul, a hero in his love to the Land of Israel, a hero of his love for the people of Israel, and certainly did not go like sheep to the slaughter. I’m sure he gave them what he could to prove that we are in our country, our homeland, and we are confident in the righteousness of our way that the Land of Israel is ours.” Eyal’s father asked his son to whisper in God’s ear and ask him to give them strength to cope. “It is hard without you, we need strength”, he said, “We are loving people, we have the love and it will win. We will not break. We cry, but these are tears of strength. We will not give up. We are here and you can do nothing about it. We are a strong nation.” Finance Minister Yair Lapid spoke at 16-year-old’s Gil-ad Sha’ar’s service in Talmon and Education Minister Shay Piron spoke at Naftali Frenkel’s service in Nof Ayalon. Both ministers spoke of the unity of the nation of Israel in the face of the heavy tragedy. “We will find the killers and punish them. The real revenge will be in the ability to bridge the gaps between us,” said Lapid. “We need each other on this day. We need one another, not anger, we need no further split, we need love, a common language,” said Lapid. “We are mourning a life which will not be actualized.”

“I remembered all the times we argued, how you would wake me up in the mornings to go to school,” said Shirel Sha’ar, Gil-ad’s sister with her mother holding her. “I told the nation of Israel much I will miss wrapping you in my tallit during the blessing of the Cohenim, now that tallit is wrapping your body today,” said Gil-ad’s father, Ophir Sha’ar, in a breaking voice. “I believe your story will be told for generations. I was able to speak to you an hour before you set home and heard your loving voice. Your sisters loved and were proud of their only brother,” said Gil-ad’s father.

The community of Nof Ayalon gathered together to remember 16-year-old Naftali Frenkel. “Three young boys killed in cold blood, in a shared fate, which in turn can only make us better people. Your death will lead this nation together onward. Rest in peace my dear son,” said the father of Naftali Frenkel, Avi, in tears. “Those people were out there to hunt, and you were those chosen,” said Racheli, Naftali’s mother. “We are thankful for the army, police, security forces that you promised to bring the boys back and they did. We will learn to sing without you. We will always hear your voice within us, Naftali.”

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44 Responses to “Funerals of Israeli Teens Brings Tears and Memories; Families and MK’s Eulogize”

  1. From Italy: our deepestes condolences!!!!

  2. So sad and upsetting. :(

  3. Stu Katz says:

    May G-d hold these young men in his hands and close to his heart!

  4. Watching on TV, very very difficult! :’(

  5. Nina Carter says:

    Keeping the families and Israel before G_d in prayer. Shalom

  6. ה” ינקום מותם

  7. Prayers for the families sent in Love from America!!!!

  8. My deepest sympathy.

  9. Peg Angell says:

    Thinking of you all at this unbelievably sad time

  10. Flora Morina says:

    our deepestes condolences….from Albania!!!.

  11. The world stage must remove Hamas, AlQueda, And now ISIS. These are the only major upsurpers on planet Earth. Prime evil.

  12. y prayers are wirh all the familys

  13. Cris Lie says:

    My deepest condolences to the families and the Jewish people. My heart is deeply saddened on this Act of violence and terrorism.

  14. Eulogize then mobilize obliterate take back the GAZA in honor of their lives taken to soon this is not war this is murder

  15. Jean Kinney says:

    MAY GOD BRING COMPFORT TO EACH FAMILY

  16. Arman Abella says:

    God is your comforter

  17. Don’t let Muslim live in Jerussalem-Israel!!Kill them & also kill terrorist family!! I hate terrorist!!

  18. A very sad ending

  19. Jenny Bosman says:

    Prayers and love sent from SOUTH AFRICA for all the families and loved ones and Precious ISRAEL!

  20. Ess Emm says:

    Share & like the page in memory of the 3 boys ZT”L. https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=664338863664112

  21. Ess Emm says:

    Share & like the page in memory of the 3 boys ZT”L. https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=664338863664112

  22. So sad…so very sad!!! Words escape me right now but I know they are with G-d right now. May their families know they died hero’s!!!

  23. May you rest in eternal peace!!! From Montreal Canada!!!

  24. I would like to express my deep sorrow.
    I grieve with their parents and with all of Israel.

  25. Kim Sloan says:

    I am with you and my prayers are with these families, and all of Israel! Our hearts are heavy with grief, and we mourn with you! Am Yisrael Chai. From Los Angeles!

  26. Donna Hambright Glatt says:

    Our heart breaks from Tennessee, USA

  27. Our heart breaks, Tennessee,, USA

  28. prayers for those wich love them from romania”:(

  29. Jon Williams says:

    Love & Prayers for Families & Isreal..

  30. Steve Smith says:

    G-d bless these grieving families and G-d bless the Nation of Israel and may she find Shalom.

  31. love and prayers for families from India

  32. Susie Suzi G says:

    Praying always for all of you

  33. G-d bless and keep you in perfect peace, we send love and prayers from WA state

  34. Mehdi Akalai says:

    Hamas would have exchange them for 1,000 prisoners. Why abduct and then murder these poor guys it seems illogical.

  35. please God; if it by Thy Will, pour out blessings and mercy upon these three souls and their families, friends and all concerned and all souls who may have suffered in a similar way and fashion in the past in other parts of the world. Amen. And Please God, if it be Thy Will, protect and guide all souls now and in the future from any satanic influence and please if it be Thy Will redeem all souls in Thy Love Wisdom, Mercy and Grace. Amen

  36. Praying for wisdom and guidance for Israel and it’s leadership in this challenging moment. May God protect and sustain them.

  37. They are blessed, the Children of Israel, the People of Our God.

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