Students Hold 'Unity Day' in Memory of Three Teens

Yeshiva students run memorial service, open dialogue with secular peers across Israel to honor memories of Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali.

Yoni Kempinski and Tova Dvorin,

(L to R): Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha'ar,
(L to R): Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha'ar,
courtesy of the families

As part of "Unity Day" held Wednesday in memory of murdered Israeli teens Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha'ar, and Naftali Frankel, students from the Mekor Haim yeshiva (Torah academy) where Sha'ar and Frankel studied visited secular Israeli schools throughout the country in a day of dialogue and song. 

The students - many of whom were personally close to Sha'ar and Frankel - visited 170 classrooms in secular high schools in Netanya, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Mazkeret Batya and Kiryat Gat.

The boys' classmates gave lessons in an attempt to stimulate what they consider "spirit of the times, which was felt in the summer." Discussion circles were then held and the end of the event was a memorial service run by the students. 

"We decided to do this as a yeshiva and as friends," explained the organizers. "Apart from the pain, stories and longing, [we wanted to] see what can be built from this and what we can do next."

"We had a very strong feeling at that time [when the boys were kidnapped - ed.], particularly in terms of connection and caring of everyone: rightists, leftists, religious, secular, haredi ... everyone."

"The only way the Jewish state can continue to thrive is if we're together," Education Minister MK Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) stated to Arutz Sheva at one of the events. "We had a Jewish state here 2,000 years ago, but we fought each other and we lost it." 



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