It was three years ago this morning that Gilad Shalit was kidnapped from Israel by Hamas (by the way, חמס means evil-doing, to violently rob, or oppress) and hidden in Gaza.
Since then there has been only one recording of his voice and three letters allowed by his captors to his family. Nobody has been allowed to see him, not even the International Committee of the Red Cross. He was only 19 when we was taken. Can you imagine not seeing your child for three years?
Human Rights Watch is demanding that Hamas end their cruel and inhumane treatment of Gilad.
Gilad's father and grandfather asked for Rav Ovadia Yosef to pray for his safe return. Gilad's father also asked Ha-Ga'on Ha-Rav Elyashiv Shlita for a blessing that his son may be released and safely allowed back home. Aviva Shalit, Gilad's mother, has written a letter begging us all to help.
Some even posit that Gilad Shalit may be a sign that Moshiach is even closer than we think.
It's frustrating when I cannot do much. Most of us can only blog or change our Facebook profile pictures or status updates to raise people's consciousness. Today there's a push to make #Gilad a trending topic on Twitter. I'm doing these things, but there's one more thing I can do:
There are 24 mentions of (גִּלְעָד) "Gilad" in Torah. I am going to repair them all today in the Sefer Torah I'm fixing, on the third anniversary of Gilad Shalit's kidnapping, with the intention that he be restored, body soul & spirit, to his loving family & friends NOW.
Pictures to follow.
Cross-posted on Facebook