The shluchim mission to Eretz Yisroel wrapped up their whirlwind trip to uplift communities and families devastated by the war with a visit to families of hostages and to the makeshift morgue where bodies and being identified.
By Anash.org reporter
The shluchim mission to Eretz Yisroel wrapped up their whirlwind trip to uplift communities and families devastated by the Simchas Torah massacre and subsequent war.
The first stop of the day was to the Shura Army base in central Israel. At this base, doctors, forensic experts and ZAKA volunteers have been working around the clock to identify bodies, both of soldiers and civilians.
There, the shluchim met with members of the IDF chief rabbinate and discussed the complex Halachos pertaining to this war. Specifically that of identifying bodies and body parts and burying them in a most respectful way.
Not for the first time during this mission, the meeting was disturbed by a red alert siren warning of incoming missiles fired from Gaza. All the shluchim immediately rushed to the closest bomb shelter. The visit concluded with Tehillim and Kaddish for unidentified bodies.
The next stop was a visit to Ashdod to meet family members of a hostage. The shluchim listened attentively as the relatives shared about their loved ones held in captivity in Gaza. They offered words of hope and encouragement to the family.
They then traveled to Chevron to meet the brave IDF soldiers protecting the holy city. They brought with them meaningful gifts for officers and soldiers, and broke out in song and dance in the streets of Chevron.
The final stop of the trip was to Mearas Hamachpelah in Chevron where they davened Maariv and thanked Hashem for a safe and successful mission. They beseeched the Avos and Imahos to arouse mercy on the Jewish people during this difficult time and that we should merit the arrival of Moshiach speedily.