Daily Israel Report

American Jew Donates Torah Scroll in Merit of the Three Teens

Anonymous donor sends representative to homes of murdered teens to let the fathers inscribe final letters in dedicated Torah scroll.
By Yoni Kempinski, Ari Yashar
First Publish: 7/4/2014, 10:37 AM

Parents of Gideon Sha'ar, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrah
Parents of Gideon Sha'ar, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrah
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An anonymous American Jew has donated a Torah scroll for the merit of the souls of Eyal Yifrah (19), Naftali Frenkel (16) and Gilad Sha'ar (16), the three Israeli teens abducted and murdered by Hamas terrorists on June 12.

The bodies of the three teens were found north of Hevron on Monday, and on Tuesday a joint funeral was held which attracted hundreds of thousands of mourning Israelis.

A representative of the anonymous American Jewish donor arrived on Thursday to the homes of the Yifrah, Frenkel and Sha'ar families, so that each of the fathers could inscribe the final letters in the Torah scroll.

The scroll will be dedicated to a synagogue chosen by the parents.

Many have commented on the wide feeling of unity in Israel since the abduction took place, with ostensibly secular Tel Aviv and other areas joining in the prayers for the teens.

Since the bodies of the three were found, the Torah scroll dedication is not the only act that has been taken for the merit of the three teens' souls.

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.

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.

Eyal Yifrah's mother Iris said Thursday "the heart is broken. Our child isn't with us, but we are in a good place. Look at what is happening among the people of Israel, what unity."

Her comments came at a visit by the family of Shelly Dadon, the 19-year-old from Afula who was murdered on May 1. Shelly's family on Monday called on the state to recognize Shelly's brutal murder as a terrorist act; the call was based on the facts of the investigation revealed to them in a meeting with Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino last week.