July 1 14

About a month ago, I mentioned that I was looking to be inspired by Judaism again. I was missing it, searching for it, needing it.

And then something happened just a few short days later. Three young teenagers — boys, babies — Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gil-ad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16 — were kidnapped by terrorists. On their way home from school.

And for 18 days, I watched an entire Jewish community stand tall and pull together in hope, in tears, in worry, in prayer. I watched these three boys become everyone’s boys — OUR boys.

And for 18 days, I prayed.

I cannot remember the last time I prayed.


The bodies of the boys were found yesterday.

These three mothers live in a world where their three babies were murdered.

I was at a loss for words yesterday. I am still at a loss for words today. My heart is heavy, my head is angry.

But I am reading your words—your posts, your articles, your status updates. I am seeing my social media feeds taken over by photos, by videos, by prayers. I watch a live feed of the funerals and watch videos of thousands of mourners uniting together at the kotel—to sing, to cry, to pray, to hope that this never happens again.

To honor their memory. To move forward. Through the pain and the hurt and the fear…this overwhelming sense of solidarity.

So, yes, of course, my heart is very heavy and my head is angry.

But my soul is inspired. 

  1. I have had such a shortage of words these past few weeks. It’s been truly horrible to watch and wait. It really is just devastating. Thank you for sharing your words. Beautifully written…as always.


    Comment by Joelle on July 1, 2014
  2. I am so heartbroken. It’s monstrous.


    Comment by Jenny from Mommin' It Up on July 1, 2014
  3. Good for you for recognizing the true meaning of faith: recognizing that every facet of life -even death- had purpose. And that there are silver linings.


    Comment by Cayla on July 1, 2014
  4. So well said in a time of such horror…


    Comment by Dee Brun on July 1, 2014
  5. Beautiful Words Ali. So tragic my heart hurts for the families.


    Comment by Corey Feldman on July 1, 2014
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