Bring back our boys–it really is that simple.
Of course, my feed has been flooded for the past 24 hours with a dozen other distractions, e.g.:

  • But not through negotiations, because we don’t negotiate with terrorists.
  • But make sure to teach the kidnappers and their supporters a “lesson” too.
  • But first let’s shut off all electricity and water to the Palestinians–and shut down their hospitals too!
  • But don’t forget to share the alleged picture of sweets distributed in Gaza–because they’re not looking forward to a trade of prisoners, but just to torture!
  • But first protest Obama’s silence, because when Kerry speaks, that doesn’t represent America. Oh, but Canada’s run by a conservative, so his representative’s statement does count.…
  • But first make sure you have his mother’s middle name, because how can Hashem understand you otherwise?
  • But let’s make a cool graphic representing these bahurim as eight-year-olds, because that’s more poignant.
  • But first let’s condemn the international media for not covering the story, or not covering it enough, or using the term “settler.” 
  • But let’s berate the leftists for not caring about Israelis on the West Bank–wait, what’s this? 

I would say we should get our priorities straight, but there’s only one issue at stake. I trust the professionals to do their job, and I pray to God to help them. That’s really all there is to say.

About the Author
Yoseif Bloch is a rabbi who has taught at Yeshivat HaKotel, Yeshivat Har Etzion and Yeshivat Shvilei Hatorah and served as a congregational rabbi in Canada. He currently works as an editor, translator and publisher. As a blogger and podcaster, he is known as Rabbi Joe in Jerusalem.