Lt. Hadar Goldin HY”D and Sgt. Oron Shaul HY”D were killed during the summer of 2014 in Gaza fighting during Operation Protective Edge. Their bodies were taken by Hamas and still being held. The families of the soldiers accuse the government of abandoning them since they have still not been returning for kvura.
With Simchas Torah days away, Chief Rabbis of Israel Rishon L’Tzion Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef Shlita and Chief Rabbi Dovid Lau Shlita are calling on Israelis to dedicate the third hakafah to the two, Goldin and Oron, calling on the tzibur to dedicate the hakafah to “Our brothers who location is unknown”.
Ahead of Simchat Torah, in which the Torah scrolls are taken out of the Ark to encircle the reader’s platform and the entire synagogue, Chief Rabbis Yitzhak Yosef and David Lau Shlita called on worshipers to dedicate the Third Hakafah to “our brothers whose location is unknown.”
The Chief Rabbis ask that at the beginning of the third hakafah their names should be mentioned aloud with a tefilla the family will merit bringing them to proper kvura in Eretz Yisrael.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)