with sorrow in our hearts
Like all of you, I am deeply saddened by the senseless deaths of Israeli teens Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar, and Eyal Yifrah, whose bodies were found earlier this afternoon following their abduction nearly three weeks ago. Our prayers for consolation go out to their families at this time of heartbreak even as we hope that the perpetrators will be brought to justice and calm will prevail throughout the region. A community-wide service of remembrance and solidarity will be held tomorrow evening, July 1, at 6:30 PM at Congregation Mikveh Israel, 44 North 4th Street in Philadelphia. May the Fraenkel, Shaar, and Yifrah families and all who held the three boys in their hearts throughout this long vigil be comforted among the mourners of our people and may their memories be for a blessing.
B'tza'ar / In sorrow, Rabbi Joshua Waxman