The State of Israel is born. A young couple, Yael and Zvi Shalit, is getting married. They choose to build their home and raise their family in
Yael and Zvi have twin boys. They name them Yoel and Noam. The family lives in Kiryat Ata, near
The Six-Day War has just ended. The following advertisement is published in a leading Israeli newspaper:
Our sons Yoel and Noam reached the age of Bar Mitzvah. The Torah reading is on Shabbat, portion of the week is “Korach,” 23rd of Sivan, July 1st 1967.
At the Jeshurun synagogue in Kiryat Ata.
Instead of a Bar Mitzvah celebration we have decided to give a donation to
the Israeli security forces.
Yael and Zvi Shalit
The second day of the Yom Kippur War on the
The youngest son of the surviving twin, Noam, and his wife, Aviva, is born. He is named Gilad (happy forever). Only a few years before, Noam named his first son Yoel, after his late brother. When they turn 18, both Yoel and Gilad Shalit choose to join the Israel Defense Forces in commemoration of their late Uncle Yoel.
Corporal Gilad Shalit (age 20) is captured by Hamas terrorists on the
It is now almost five painful years since Gilad was captured. The “Israel Center Experience” (ICE) delegation from United Jewish Communities of MetroWest NJ joins the Shalit family and many others in a solidarity Kabbalat Shabbat at the Shalit’s protest tent in front of the Prime Minister ‘s residence. Sandy Hollander and David Dranikoff speak passionately on behalf of the group about the values of Jewish peoplehood, solidarity, and mutual responsibility.
Zvi, the grandfather of Gilad and father of Yoel (z’l), meets once again with Prime Minister Netanyahu and tells him the family story. He begs the Israeli government to make every effort to bring Gilad back home before it is too late for him. He is talking about the Jewish mitzvah of Pidyon Shevuyim (redeeming the captives), which comes from the same concept of Arvut Hadadit (mutual responsibility).
The traditional lighting ceremony of 12 torches on
Gilad Shalit is back home, safe and sound, reunited with his family and his people. Amen.
If you would like to send a message of support to Gilad Shalit, e-mail www.giladgreetings.org