Do you know where your son is?

Today we heard the worst news. 

It wasn’t that the US Senate has blocked the bill allocating emergency financial aid to Israel. 225 million dollars of which was earmarked for the Iron Dome, the same Iron Dome technology which has been our main protection from the 2825 rockets, that have hurtled their way into Israel over the past three weeks alone.

Neither was it the surge of anti-semitism, with each day bringing more horrors, as we realize that the echoes of our past, are still in our present reality. A Belgium doctor refusing to treat an elderly Jewish woman, a violent physical attack on a woman in Denmark who dared to place an Israeli flag on her balcony. The balcony of her own home.

We had no option but to shrug when we heard about the 4 billion dollar arms deal between Turkey and the United States. This followed on from the 11 billion dollars arms deal reached earlier, this time between Qatar and the US. Both countries known to support Hamas, whom our ally America are now proposing act as mediators between Israel and the Hamas terrorist organization.

The fact that Ken Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch ignoring a basic tenant of the Geneva Conventions regarding unlawful combatants endorsed attacks on Israel. That the British mayor of Tower Hamlets, London flew the Palestinian flag at the Town Hall to express solidarity with Gaza.

It wasn’t the news that two arab children calling for help led our men into a booby trapped building leading to more deaths of our soldiers, our heroes, our boys. At current count 63 of them gone, every day we count more and every single one is mourned.

Today we heard the worst news.

Today we learnt about Hadar Goldin from Kfar Saba. He is 23 years old and has been abducted by Hamas. As of this moment he is the son of all of Israel, of all of us, and we don’t know where he is.

About the Author
Abi Taylor-Abt is an outstanding Jewish Educator and Curriculum Developer who has worked in the field of Jewish Primary and Secondary Educational Curriculum Development for over twenty years. She is the author of Lessons in Jewish Learning - a grab and go curriculum for communities and Jewish schools. Originally from London, Abi spent time living in Israel, South Africa, England and the United States. After working in Boise, Idaho, Abi spent 5 years in Israel for the second time whilst her children served in the army. She is currently Director of Education for Yachad a combined educational endeavour between the conservative congregation of Beth Shalom and the reform community of Temple Emanu-El in Michigan, USA. A 2018 recipient of the Klein/Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education, Abi is also awaiting the video version of her recent ELI Talk Detroit Speaker Fellowship.