Daily Israel Report

Soldiers Take on Tefillin in Merit of the Three Teens

Lavi Battalion combat soldiers take on the commandment of wearing phylacteries daily for the merit of the souls of Eyal, Naftali and Gilad.
By Chaim Lev, Ari Yashar
First Publish: 7/2/2014, 1:07 PM

Soldier puts on tefillin at the Kotel (file)
Soldier puts on tefillin at the Kotel (file)
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Combat soldiers from the Kfir Brigade's Lavi Battalion, which specializes in counter-terror operations in Judea and Samaria, have taken upon themselves to fulfill the Jewish commandment to wrap tefillin (phylacteries) daily for the merit of the three abducted and murdered teens' souls.

The tefillin were donated by the Chabad house in France headed by Rabbi Shmuel Azimov, along with Rabbi Eliyahu Zikri who manages the "tefillin for soldiers" project, reports Chabad Online.

According to the report, the son of Rabbi Chaim Hillel came to Israel specifically to give the tefillin to the soldiers.

Chabad stated that in the coming weeks it will distribute dozens of pairs of additional tefillin to IDF combat soldiers.

"We see in this a supreme mission for the sake of the IDF soldiers who work day and night for the people of Israel and the land of Israel, and for the elevation of the souls of the murdered, may G-d avenge them," added Chabad.

The three teens, Eyal Yifrah (19), Naftali Frenkel (16) and Gilad Sha'ar (16) were abducted and murdered on June 12 by Hamas terrorists.

The bodies of the three were discovered on Monday, and the three were buried in Modi'in on Tuesday in a funeral that was attended by hundreds of thousands of mourning Israelis.

"Even if you cut off these three flowers you never will succeed, because there's a continuation. There's Gilad, Naftali and Eyal in all the people of Israel and the whole world," said Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi David Lau at the funeral. Addressing G-d, he added "No one can defeat this people, even in hard moments they stand before You in prayer. ...They don't give up on an eternal tradition."