Three weeks ago, on the fast day known as the 17th of Tammuz, I couldn’t help but think of Gilad Shalit, who is being held in captivity by enemies of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. Today, Tisha B’Av, the Ninth of Av, please join me in a campaign to focus our collective energy, thoughts and prayers on bringing about his freedom.

In your own way, whatever way that is, please put your mental and spiritual attention on bringing about his safe return–alive–to his family, his country and his people. When/if you fast, in addition to the traditions of the day, please also have in mind the safe return of a live and well Gilad Shalit.

The power of collective fast and prayer is believed to have saved the Jewish people from genocide during the time of Queen Esther. And redeeming the captive is one of our most compelling missions as a people and as brethren on this planet. Years ago, our collective efforts brought Natan Sharansky out of bondage. Together, we can redeem Gilad Shalit. Spread the word!

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Lisa Klug

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  • Thank you for bringing Gilad into the forefront of our minds. I pray for him and Jonathen Pollard every night and I thought of Gilad all day today. Gilad, who is in the hands of the ferocious, bloodthirsty Hamas deserves our constant prayers. Let’s keep him in or hearts, minds, and prayers.

    Let us also yearn for moshiach, a time when our suffering will be forgotten

  • I’ve been praying for Gilad ben Aviva for more than two years now, but is there anything practical that we could do? Any petitions, demonstrations, etc. scheduled? Any way we could show our concern to the Schalit family?