Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Zal in Zion

Zichronam livracha--may their memory be for a blessing.
Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser z"l, the reserve soldiers who were wounded and kidnapped by Hizbullah on the northern border two years ago, came home to Israel today--in coffins. For two long years the families and all of us supporting them knew nothing of their fate.
Today's prisoner swap was painful too to the Israeli families who lost loved ones killed by the five terrorists who were released from prison and returned to Lebanon to a hero's welcome.
These are not the Z words I had planned to post for ABC Wednesday. But it would seem frivolous to do so under the circumstances.
Tomorrow will be another difficult day, with two funerals. To the families we say the traditional "May God comfort you among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem."

23 comments:

Michelle said...

More death..

Louise said...

The are not adequate words. Just more thoughts and prayers for the families that have been through so much only to have this be the end.

What I love about your blog is that is it so real. It's life in the Jerusalem hills as you see it. This is part of it, although an unpleasant part.

Leora said...

Amen. May their families be comforted.

leslie said...

Condolences to their families and friends. And I agree - what else could you post today?

Bear Naked said...

A very fitting post for ABC Wednesday - Z.
Thank you for the reminder.
My prayers to the families.

Bear((( )))

Louis la Vache said...

Indeed, may God comfort their families.

photowannabe said...

I add my sorrow and condolences to all of you, family, friends and those with a passion for the cause.
A touching Z post.

Sara said...

Amen and amen. I wonder how these two who gave their lives for Israel would feel about this exchange...may God bless their families and comfort and sustain them as they grieve.

Kay said...

We saw these on TV today and was very saddened for the families and these fine young men. My mother heard about it too on the Japanese news. The whole world is mourning along with Israel.

Denise said...

I agree that it was appropriate to use these words for your post today. It brings home the truth of what war is all about.

Dxxx

nonizamboni said...

I'm so sorry and it always pains me to see such young men and women facing this harsh reality in Israel. May their memory truly be for a rich blessing. Thanks for a sobering Z and a timely reminder.

Sara said...

Hi Dina, thanks for stopping by...and regarding those "Z" star names...if you take them apart you will see they are actually Arabic. I'm not sure why the dictionary ran them all together as one word each.

the donG said...

may they be at peace! everyone deserves it.

Catherine said...

Israelian governement has had a great respect for its soldiers's families. I imagine it is very important that they rest in Peace in their country, near their family. I think this swap was very hard to decide.
Ehud Olmert was right it's a deep shame to celebrate the liberation of murderers.
Thanks Dina, to pay tribute to this 2 heroes without willing it.

Shimmy Mom said...

I don't know the right words to say. But their families are in my prayers. May God be with all of you in this trying time.
*hugs from America* Shimmy Mom

Jerez said...

Words cannot convey, I send heartfelt condolences to all.

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

it's been one of the main news items on our tv too. a very appropriate z post

Donna said...

Bless their hearts....and yours. Much love to you Dina...hughugs

Dick said...

It was global news, terrible for their families.

Suzanne said...

This is sad, I had seen it on the news, but I did not reliase that they were in coffins. May God be with the families of these.
My best wishes to you for a safe and holy weekend.

Dina said...

Dear friends you all are. Thanks for your kinds thoughts in the hard times as well as the good times.

babooshka said...

A very poignant post. I won't elaborate but I found this hard to read, and that's a good thing. There are many lessons to be learnt in this world.

Tipper said...

So sorry.