Three Israeli teenagers, all students at prestigious schools, tried to hitchhike home in time for the Sabbath, which begins Friday at sundown.
They never made it home, having been abducted by Hamas.
And almost immediately, the call went out, on Facebook, Twitter, and Jewish websites:
Pray for the safe return of our boys.
Via New York Times: Jewish Groups United by Prayers for 3 Missing Youths
On the windswept shore of Atlantic Beach, on Long Island, merriment was postponed as a bride and groom said a prayer on Sunday for three teenagers kidnapped late last week in the West Bank.
That night, a congregation in the Riverdale section of the Bronx delayed the start of its 40th annual dinner to pray for the boys. On Monday, a synagogue in Flatbush, Brooklyn, did the same at the start of its 92nd anniversary celebration.
Text messages spread, asking strangers and friends to recite Psalm 121, which says that God “will guard you from all evil.”
Jewish groups in New York, often ringing with discordant opinions, have sounded a common note as the days have passed without word of the teenagers…who were all students at yeshivas in Jewish settlements in the West Bank….
Meanwhile, the so-called “Palestinians” also reacted to the abductions:
Yes, they handed out candies in the streets.
Palestinians have taken to the streets of Gaza City to celebrate the Hamas kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers on Thursday night south of Jerusalem. The abductions have galvanized Israelis as few events have in recent years, resulting in unprecedented manhunts throughout the West Bank in search of the missing high school boys.
As Israelis recoiled in horror at news of the abductions of three teenage boys by terrorists, Palestinians responded with celebration and joy, passing out candies and sweets and taking to the Internet to wallpaper Palestinian social media sites with celebratory messages and poses of solidarity with the kidnappers….
— ADAM:ISRAELRADIOGUY (@israelradioguy) June 17, 2014
The requests for prayers for the boys list their mothers’ names, as according to Jewish tradition, mothers’ names are included when requesting God’s mercy. (“ben” means “the son of”)
Yaakov Naftali ben Rachel Devorah
Gilad Michael ben Bat Galim
Eyal ben Iris Teshurah
Pray, too, for the Nigerian girls who were abducted by the Islamic madmen.
And pray for our country, currently led by the Gum-Chewer-in-Chief.
May God help us all.