by Raziel Siegman (’17)

On Tuesday, Asarah B’Teives, the entire student body watched the film, “Our Boys,” recounting the story of the three Israeli high school students who were brutally kidnapped and killed in the summer of 2014. Rabbi Taubes introduced the film by describing how in this week’s Parsha, Yaakov makes Yosef swear to bury him in Eretz Yisrael, even though he experienced a lot of suffering there, while living a rather tranquil life when he was in Mitzrayim., because of the special relationship we are supposed to have with Eretz Yisrael even when times there are challenging. The movie was mainly comprised of interviews with the parents of the three boys, whose words of inspiration during interviews, rallies, and at international conferences brought together Am Yisrael leading up to and during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. The way the parents persevered through their tragedy and learned to live their lives despite it, and their dedication to Eretz Yisrael, can serve as a tremendous inspiration to us all.

 

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