Mother of Murdered Israeli Teen

Remembering one year since the tragedy. Rachelle Fraenkel's inspiring message to the Jewish people.

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16 Sivan (June 3, 2015) marks the anniversary of the boys' murder. See more at: Unity Prize.


Comments (111)

(103) Adeola Odutola, June 6, 2015 10:40 AM

Grief

Grief , sorrow and loss have one way of making us look to God that no one can explain. It's a yearning to see that which is more than us. The One who was before the foundations of the earth were ever put in place. And do we meet with Him. Yes, in different ways He reminds us that yes He understands, yes, He sees our lev weep, but it is in this we know in whom we have put our trust, the One who neither slumbers nor sleeps. He hears your hearts cry, the numbness that settles and the awakening of the soul to Him all over again.
May all be comforted O G-d our Father yet our King, may your will be our will for there is no One who is like you who comforts us who walks in when all have left. Amen.

Morris, September 17, 2017 3:43 PM

One who neither slumbers nor sleeps. He hears your hearts cry, the numbness that settles and the awakening of the soul to Him all over again.

(102) Anonymous, December 7, 2014 11:26 AM

So inspiring and moving

I have transcribed your message to use as part of a shiur on suffering for the ladies of our shul this coming Shabbos . We should all internalize your message.

(101) Louie b. Free, October 3, 2014 4:32 PM

if Rachelle Fraenkel can be faithful with open arms, what about us?

I've Rachelle Fraenkel's video over the past week on my radio show. On Friday, i usually end my show w/ 'the starfish story' and a brief commentary.
Today, I ended w/ this video and asking:if Rachelle Fraenkel can be faithful with open arms, what about us?

(100) Dorothy Harding, October 1, 2014 2:00 AM

Rachel's words in such a time of grief will be with us for ever. She has such a beautiful spirit and has moved the spirit of Israel into a new place of unity. May she and the families of the boys and all of Israel have a very blessed New Year. We love you Israel

(99) Binyamin, September 29, 2014 12:55 AM

The Jewish People Are One Caring Family

The video was very inspiring. I showed the truth that the Jewish people deep down care about each other as one big family. Something that is not found among other peoples as strongly.

(98) Rachel Tzipora, September 28, 2014 4:11 PM

Peace and unity.

No words are needed except for my pledge. Achdut and Shalom shall I pursue. Shalom chaverim.

(97) Ester Silvers, September 28, 2014 2:38 PM

Beautifully eloquent.For me to say, "We went out searching for the boys and we discovered ourselves," would be a statement of faith. For Naftali's mother to say such a thing after burying her son is a huge lesson for each and every one of us. May we learn from her.

(96) peter, September 28, 2014 9:14 AM

Rachelle an amazing woman

her very heart-felt words have a grip. Here in New York, many, many miles away but close at heart. How she is able to make a strong message at time of great sadness to her and those in the civilized world, is a reflection of her great spirit ; i can't explain.

(95) Anonymous, September 28, 2014 5:23 AM

Your son was a tzadik who saved am Israel from a tragic rosh hashannah I have his picture with the other two boys on my refrigerator to keep in mind that they are our heroes. May you all continue to be blessed and may Hashem console us with all the mourners of Yerushalayim,

(94) Joyce, September 28, 2014 12:52 AM

Rachel Fraenkels message

Rosh Hashanah is over and I can't tell you how many times I thought of the three boys, their families, and Rachel Fraenkel's words. We had friends over for a meal, and I tearily recounted her words. Our Rabbi spoke of her, of the boys, and of what could have been the news coming out of Israel after Rosh Hashanah had the series of events that took place not have taken place. I would like Mrs. Fraenkel to know that I for one do not believe that what we experienced was just an illusion and that every day I make sure to remember to keep to the changes I have made in my life.

(93) Peter feld, September 25, 2014 11:22 AM

Our thoughts were with you

As you lost your boys so our loss was with you in South Africa we prayed we cried but it was Gods will to take them home at that time. Having visited Israel our hearts were with you in prayer God Bless you all ad God Bless Israel and keep her safe.

(92) Bobby5000, September 24, 2014 1:42 AM

what tremendous courage

My gosh, in the midst of the most horrible thing to befit a parent, she had the strength and will to put her own troubles aside and try to help others and speak of the things we can do on this holiday. Simply incredible.

(91) Robin Denison, September 23, 2014 10:26 PM

May You Continue to Be a Light Unto Nations

May the New Year bring healing to the family and friends of the three boys, and may it bring peace to Israel and the world.

(90) Brenda Terry, September 23, 2014 9:31 PM

Mrs. Frankel, you are an inspiration to all mothers everywhere, regardless of religion! Your words are inspiring, and I hope to keep them in my heart. You have given universal meaning to your loss...and the losses of the Jewish people. May your life be filled with goodness, love, and health so long as you live. L'Shana Tova to you and yours from an American "sister"..

(89) Jeff in Toronto, September 23, 2014 8:25 PM

One Family

Rachelle Fraenkel reminds us that "we are all 1 family". I will try to be more aware of that fact, on a day to day basis -- and be more accepting of those Jews who do not lead lives exactly like mine, in the coming year.

(88) Anonymous, September 23, 2014 7:56 PM

Amazing resilience

You are inspiring!

(87) Joyce Points, September 23, 2014 5:52 PM

Thank You Rachelle!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart and soul! Thank you Rachelle for being such a beautiful mother. I to am a mother, but I wonder if this happened to one of my children if I would have the beauty, grace, and the poise that you have. Thank you Rachelle
Joyce Points, USA
A Sister Jewess

(86) Semyon, September 23, 2014 4:55 PM

THIS IS WHAT WE ARE ALL ABOUT!
WHAT A STRONG WOMEN!...........

(85) Michael Tuffley, September 23, 2014 2:52 PM

May Hashem bless you

From the UK, my heart goes out to you, your family and the families of the two other boys whose lives were cut short by the mindless murders. May this New Year bring peace to you and the whole of the house of Israel. Shanah Tovah

(84) S.Levy, September 23, 2014 2:10 PM

Sympathy

Once again Mrs. Fraenkel, all our sympathy to you, and thank you for 2 things: We firmly believe that Hashem allowed these assassinations (a) such that they saved the whole of Israel from those terrorists and their tunnels; and (b) to show the World that we Jews as a whole world-wide nation care and do everything to save the life of JUST ONE OR TWO OR THREE OF OUR PEOPLE - CONTRARYWISE TO THIS WORLD THAT CHANGES PETROL FOR HUMAN LIVES.

Shanná Tová u Metuká - that This New Year be overflowing with joy, happiness, sweetness, to all.

T. & S. Levy from Brazil.

(83) Rosina Randall, September 23, 2014 10:16 AM

A mothers blessing to others

I am sure that Mrs Frankel's comment blessed everyone so much who heard the words. 'When we were searching for the boys we found ourselves'. May God bless you and keep you, your family and the families of the two other boys.

(82) Sharon, September 23, 2014 5:57 AM

I had no idea

I didn't know how the world media covered the events, and I was touched to see that the whole world was keeping tabs. I will never forget that period, and Rachel Frankel is absolutely right that the episode had a profound an lasting impact on our nation. Neither will I forget the masses of participants at the funeral, most of whom could not even come close to the actual burial place.
May the families be strengthened together with all the families of our fallen soldiers. And may all of Israel be blessed with a good year.

(81) erin, September 23, 2014 3:46 AM

Blessing

When God gave us you, Rachelle Fraenkel, He blessed us. thank you

(80) טליה, September 23, 2014 3:44 AM

!תודה לך. There are no words to properly express my hakaras hatov to you for your words of encouragement and strength. I feel so privileged to be a part of am Yisrael. I will work on my tznius, not only in dress, but in actions also !!!שנה טובה לכולם

(79) Rivka, September 23, 2014 3:35 AM

Thank you Mrs. Fraenkel

I feel so blessed and privileged to be a part of this people; to be a part of the Jewish nation. Mrs. Fraenkal, I like so many thousands of others watched you speak and simply cried. I cried for your son and Gilad and Eyal, cried for your families, cried for our people, and at the same time, cried from gratitude for being a part of this nation. Your son and his friends brought out the love, unity and togetherness in our people. It is and was always there, but the three kedoshim were the ones to show us just how real and apparent it is in each of us. I spoke to so many others, watched so many cry and saw huge changes in people when the boys were missing. Although we didn't know the boys personally, we knew all too well that they were our brothers and that’s exactly how we reacted when they were missing.
Thank you so much for making this video and reminding us all that the three weeks where we discovered ourselves were not an illusion. I watched this video, like I'm sure so many hundreds of others did, but was too emotional to respond and comment. Now, several weeks later, I feel I simply want to say thank you to you and the parents and families of Gilad and Eyal. Thank you for being the faces of such emunah, such unity and as we all believe, be’ezrat Hashem, faces of the coming geula.

(78) Maya, September 23, 2014 1:27 AM

A true messenger of Hashem

I am amazed by this remarkable woman. I hope and pray that we are able to be unified as a people and through our efforts to be unified merit to bring the age of Mashiach.

I hope to pray every day for the Jewish people, for our unity, for brotherliness and love, and for Hashem's enormous Rachamim to be bestowed upon us.

(77) Hadassah, September 22, 2014 5:54 AM

So inspiring

When I hear Mrs.Frankel speak I feel so blessed to part of such a holy nation .Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings and for strengthening us all during these turbulent times .I hope to try to improve in shmiras shabbos this coming year as it is the source of all blessing for our people.

(76) Anonymous, September 22, 2014 2:26 AM

I cried

Very touching message of love and hope for the unity of the Jewish people all over the world. After Succos, in October, as many Jews as possible will keep Shabbos. Maybe I'll try to invite someone to stay in the neighborhood, walking distance from one of the synagoes. In addition, bilinader (without a vow), I'm trying to treat everyone from cleaning crews to rabbis with as much respect as possible, I may be calling them by their last names unless they specifically ask me to do otherwise.

(75) Micky Barth, September 21, 2014 11:41 PM

FREE APP in Memory of the 3 boys

It has all of the Babylonian Talmud with Rashi and Tosfot PLUS an English translation in a convenient format and doesn't need any internet connection once downloaded.

It is now available for FREE download:

for IPHONES, IPAD etc (iOS) it's called "WiseChild Talmud":
- > https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wisechild-talmud/id904147900?mt=8

for Android it's called "WiseChild Talmud" look for FREE ''אגמי''ן‎ Edition":
the Agamin Edition is FREE for download till Chanukkah.
-> https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mattaniahbeezy.agamintalmud

We have chosen the name AGAMIN for this edition as this is the "Rashej Tevot" of the first names of the 3 boys:

אגמין‎

אייל א

גילעד ג
מיכאל מ

יעקב י
נפתלי ן‎

May learning via the App be in memory of the 3 boys and "Leiluj Nishmatan".

(74) מרים, September 21, 2014 6:26 PM

דחוף גם בעברית בבקשה! urgently in heberw too please!

ממש כדאי וצריך בעברית. זה חיוני!
בבקשה תכינו את הסירטון בעברית- שהיא תדבר בעברית!
אנחנו ממש צריכים את זה בישראל! ממש חבל עם לא, זה יהיה ממש פיספוס והפסד...!!

(73) Anonymous, September 21, 2014 6:21 PM

Sad and Inspiring

Wow! What a deep powerful message, I have watched this clip numerous times from different sites, and every time I watch it, I cannot control my tears. Mrs. Fraenkel has been an inspiration for me from day one. Within her sadness, she became an admired star with her profound, heartfelt speech at the United Nations even before knowing that her son and his friends had been murdered. Now after and despite the horrendous ignominious killings of her son and his friends by the Hamas terrorists, Mrs. Fraenkel with her courage and wisdom, continues to touch people's heart and to accept with "perfect faith" the trials and tribulations that have come her way and on the way of the other two mothers. They all, and their families continue to be in my prayers, and I sincerely wish that if I go back next year to Israel, that I have the opportunity to meet Mrs. Fraenkel and the other two mothers, simply to give them a hug. May Hashem brighten your life and the lives of the other two mothers, and may He give you peace, as "He will give you rest from your enemies all around, and you will dwell securely" (Deuteronomy 12:10). You are a real light onto the Nation, God bless you.

(72) Anonymous, September 21, 2014 6:10 PM

Work on my Shmiras haloshon

(71) Meira Shayna, September 21, 2014 6:04 PM

Woman of Valor

This woman is the true definition of a woman of valor.

Her love of her faith and her son are to be recognized worldwide, especially by people who think nothing of strapping bombs to their children.

My prayers continue for all people who care about children - all children.

(70) Jacob, September 21, 2014 3:02 PM

Courageous

What a powerful message!

Blessed is the man who has such a steadfast wife, blessed are the children with such a mother! I think Ms. Fraenkel attitude gets such a favorable response, because she is everything our culture is not: selfish, weak, egomaniac, narcissist. These are the role models we need.

(69) Jaya, September 21, 2014 2:51 PM

moving !

i am one of the many who prayed with the famiily . This video is a remarkable testimony of heroism , grace and courage . I salute you !

(68) Claire Garfinkel, September 21, 2014 2:32 PM

First, May Hashem bring you much comfort in the coming years!

My commitment is to continue trying to keep our only Orthodox Synagogue (50 miles radius) alive and growing for years to come.

(67) Joyce, September 21, 2014 5:14 AM

I believe that Rachel Fraenkel should be elected as person of the year. To think that we Jews have a woman like her in our midst is simply the most inspiring thing I've encountered in a long time.
What am I taking on for the new year? As a result of Rachel Fraenkels chein and fortitude and fine manner I had already made many inner and outer changes to become the person I knew I should be. Without going into detail I will only say that she has inspired me more than anyone I know. Her loss belongs to all of.us. Yet she has shared her gifts with us as well and we are all the better for it. Ketivah v'chatimah tovah!

(66) henry brownson, September 20, 2014 8:39 PM

I have been to many shierim, nothing has hit me this hard, if ever achdus(unity) was needed in klal yisreal this amazing lady nailed it we are one. If one cries we all cry. I one has a simcha we all have a simcha. Hashem should give us all the ultimate simcha this coming year.

(65) nishant, September 20, 2014 3:43 PM

AMAZING GRACE

WOW This is a woman of STEEL...a modern esther, ruth.. etc...I salute you precious mom...I am speechless now...yes I too am my jewish brother's keeper though I am gentile by birth... I believe in the the God of Israel and stand with His chosen....Shalom

(64) Anonymous, September 20, 2014 12:24 AM

Thank you! I strongly feel that when the midrash said, thousands of years ago, that the geula would come in the zchus of nashim tzidkaniot, it was talking about you and Eyal's and Gilad's mothers. You have brought us all together as no one could have imagined! May HaShem bless and comfort you!

(63) Lisa, September 19, 2014 7:13 PM

We ARE our brothers keepers!!

A line from this video that I need to hear over & over again!

So very true!!

Yasher Koach Rachelle !!

(62) Susan, September 19, 2014 5:56 PM

AMAZING

My feeling have been conveyed by all others, your fortitude to give us chizuk in face of your tragedy is unequalled, no words are adequate to convey my admiration for you. It might be easiy to die al kiddush Hashem but to live with such kiddush Hashem every day of your life!!!! WOW!!!! Mi keamcha Israel. Am Israel chai ad olam. ketiva vachatima tovah.

(61) 17teenyearold, September 19, 2014 4:57 PM

i see the coments other jews have left and ifeel such a pride to be part of such a amaizing comunity. i often thaught it might be more fun and much easier to b non jewish. but when i see People like you
and how ppl take things upon themself only coze one woman said some words, i feel its all worth it. i know if chas veshalom something bad ever happenes to me i have a whol Nation praying for me and most of a g-d above.

(60) Anonymous, September 19, 2014 3:10 PM

you truly are an inspiration,
may this year we merit ti see an end to all sorrow, and
Moshiachs arrival

(59) Mazal, September 19, 2014 1:19 PM

Inspiring

Truly inspiring. Her strength is amazing. I really don't think I'd be able to pick myself up or see any positive after such an ordeal. I aspire to be like Rachelle. A true Eishet Chayil

(58) Shoshana, September 19, 2014 10:14 AM

a source of strength

In our darkest hour, whether it be on a personal level or a national level, this message gives strength to each of us.

(57) Judy Joel, September 19, 2014 8:42 AM

What an inspiration.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts so beautifully. They are inspiring words which I am passing on to all my friends.

(56) Anonymous, September 19, 2014 12:49 AM

You are so inspiring to me. I cannot imagine to pain you have been through and yet you are able to inspire so many others. I am in awe of your ability to have such strong emuna. May you and your family have a ketiva vechatima tova. This year I will try to work on being forgiving of others and having stronger emuna

(55) Anonymous, September 19, 2014 12:13 AM

Brought tears to my eyes...wow...

Wow, left me speechless....
Iy'h bli neder I will take the kabbala upon myself to work on my judgmental attitude by thinking of the positive aspects of my fellow Jews.
Thank you so much for this heart-wrentching and inspiring message!

(54) Cor, September 18, 2014 8:47 PM

Tears

Those few words tell us more than 100 of preachings on the sunday morning in church!
How much means this Jews mother to the world with her Divine Wishdom. For the new year? To remember these words day by day!
So much shalom for Israël!!
Cor from Holland

(53) Devorah Gerber, September 18, 2014 8:46 PM

Your words speak from your heart and neshama. You truly are an inspiration and an incredibly strong and spritual woman. A teacher for all of us. Thank you for providing such a meaningful message for all of us. May Hashem continue to give you the blessing of seeing the good in every situation, a lev and ayin tov. shana tova!

(52) boca mom, September 18, 2014 5:58 PM

wow

I cried again for these boys and for those other innocents that have died in the aftermath. I think I also cried because I am in awe of this woman who can turn her grief into inspiration and hope for others. To have such faith is amazing, I aspire to be a woman like her, but I pray fervently I never have to be in such a situation to prove it.

(51) Anonymous, September 18, 2014 2:01 PM

daven for the jewish people when i light shabbat candles

thank you! your boys are apart of my shabbat lighting forever, but now the Jewish people are included as well. may it be a sweet new year!

(50) CarlosMaldonado, September 18, 2014 1:44 PM

Beautiful words by a mother who son was taken from her. God Bless you.

Even while grieving for your baby and I say this lovely cause our children no matter what age they are their our baby's. You through your pain united alot of countries about the things these so call Muslims are doing don't get me wrong not all Muslims are like that there's good and evil in every race.your lost has united all nationality with what's happening in Israel. I hope to one day go to my lord's birth place.we as human can never understand God's plan for us. I see no hate in you you are a better person then I. Thank you for your inspirational words of wisdom God Bless you and keep you and the rest of your loving family and the nation of Israel safe. My deepest condolences go out to you Rachelle Fraenkel.

(49) Hannah, September 18, 2014 1:35 PM

L'shana Tova

Am Yisroel Chai, your strengnth is admirable, your pain we share. May the new year bring peace and continued unity amongst our people.

(48) Anonymous, September 18, 2014 12:10 PM

Inspiring

This is so inspiring! Thanks for posting it! This year, I will focus on treating people better and not speaking lashon hara.

(47) debby, September 18, 2014 10:56 AM

I'm in awe of you, Rachelle.
How do you find the strength to go on? You are a true role model and a true inspiration.
May Hashem bless you and your family

MALKA, September 18, 2014 4:08 PM

INSPIRING

AMEN DEBBY. RACHELLE I AM INSPIRED BY YOU. MAY YOU GO FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH.

Ada Jacobowitz, September 18, 2014 8:31 PM

You express my feelings also. Thank you

Rachel Frankels is awe inspiring.

(46) Rev'd Lynda Myres, September 18, 2014 10:02 AM

Amen to unity and peace

Thank you Rachelle for your wonderful message of hope, peace, love and unity that touches and includes us all. Bless you.

(45) Hanna, September 18, 2014 8:23 AM

Inspired by Rachelle's message.

Thank you Rachelle for your inspiring message. You are an awesome woman!
Your words have truly touched my heart.

(44) shifra, September 18, 2014 8:11 AM

no more "inspiring messages"

how about we vow to stop electing politicians who enable terror? if we can be a united people, why can't we accomplish this? root out and destroy terror, zero tolerance for dead Jewish children. please don't tell me this is not a message of peace. this doesn't have to keep happening. if we truly respect Mrs. Fraenkel, let hers be the last "inspiring message" from the mother of a dead Jewish child.

(43) Geniva, September 18, 2014 3:47 AM

Change in faith

Your statement makes me change my faith. My faith is not one of strength. You have opened my heart to see that in looking and praying for OUR BOYS we became a joined people who love G-d and must grown in strength OF faith to continue to show the world are one.

Joyce, September 21, 2014 11:38 PM

Change in faith

I feel exactly as you do. Rachel Fraenkel has helped me in my journey of becoming the person I want to be. We are, as you said, supposed to be a joined people, not people who argue over as many things as we've been arguing about. What Mrs. Fraenkel did for us over the summer should never be forgotten, and I for one, will not forget it. Shana Tovah!

(42) JodyB, September 18, 2014 3:28 AM

Amen

Amen Amen Amen! Rachelle if you would only know how your strength has held up the Jewish people. In your suffering,you supported us, when all we wanted was to support you.

When I heard the devastating news of the boys, my initial reaction was to run out to the streets and cry with my fellow Jews who were all reeling in pain as I was. I was grieving and the only thing I knew would comfort me, was another Jew. You're right, we went searching for the boys and we found ourselves, no truer words have been spoken. I would love to meet you in person, to wish you and all the families strength and love, and to again tell you how we feel soooo connected to the Jewish people, more than ever before. Thank you for your strength and courage. Shana Tova from Toronto, Canada.

(41) MESA, September 18, 2014 3:04 AM

It was thanks to you, Rachelle, along with Bat-Galim, and Iris, that so many of us learned about emunah and true koach. I hope that we can all continue to reach out and come together. I myself plan to be extra careful about Hakarat HaTov- looking for good wherever it might be.

(40) erin, September 18, 2014 2:25 AM

I'm committed to telling everyone the beauty

of the Masciach this year. Thank you Naftali's's mom:')

(39) guit.art7horses2u@gmail.com, September 18, 2014 12:09 AM

look up

thank you for your kind words of strength and love you are not only an example but a reason for Peace to be made
strong strong woman and Kind GBless you Rachelle

(38) Michael Engel, September 18, 2014 12:03 AM

I commit to consistently act so as to arouse nothing but favorable feelings by non-Jews toward the Jewish people.

This is what might cynically be called exploitation of a sensitive, emotional moment of human tragedy. I think, however, that this exploitation is altogether proper and constructive. Thank you.

(37) W, September 17, 2014 11:36 PM

Wow!

(36) Bayla, September 17, 2014 11:21 PM

I'm so touched

Oh my goodness - there are tears in my eyes watching this beautiful spiritual daughter of G-d grow from her pain. I'm in awe. I'm downloading this video to keep me going when i lose trust in people. And in response to your words, i'm going to try, bli neder, to judge my fellow Jews with some more compassion and tolerance.
K'siva V'chasima Tovah to all!

(35) Reva Weingot, September 17, 2014 10:41 PM

Thank you for your chizuk

I was listening to a shiur last night, where the speaker said that we don"t cry any more - we are so hardened.

While watching your speak, the tears just streamed down my face, as though a faucet just turned on, and I feel as if my heart opened. Hashem should bless you and your family with so much good health and nachas for this yea and always.

(34) Eugene levich, September 17, 2014 10:32 PM

Your kid and you gave life for Eretz Israel

There is no greater sacrifice, no nobler cause. Great grief and great pride that we share this land with people like you. Never should we forget your kid and others who fell to give life to this sacred land.

(33) Shira, September 17, 2014 10:24 PM

Amazing

Rachelle I am amazed at how strong you are and at how you brought the whole nation together. I really really hope that your actions will bring mashiach this year, it has to happen look at what has transpired! Amazing!

(32) Stephanie, September 17, 2014 9:37 PM

One commitment

To think more about Israel every single day.

(31) Dave, September 17, 2014 9:16 PM

A brave country with brave people

Mrs Fraenkel, your words should be an inspiration to all, to have lost your son and be able to express yourself as you did. My heart goes out to you and your country. May "God" be with you all.

(30) Anonymous, September 17, 2014 9:15 PM

No words

Mrs. Fraenkel is the strongest person i have ever seen. i will G-d willing go out of my way to look outside myself and help others in need. may it be a merit for Naftali Gilad and Eyal Hy"d

(29) s. siegelman, September 17, 2014 6:51 PM

let's do what she asks.

We are asked to say what we will do this year. I commit to trying to act with lovingkindness, especially in situations when it is hard. This will sometimes mean, not saying things that I feel or which are true, but refraining from speech. And also, promoting the idea and the ideal of achdus, which Mrs. Fraenkel has charged us with.

Judith Schechter, September 17, 2014 9:18 PM

Insperation

Helping those that need us the most is something that I have always thought as a Jew we all need to do.

Pnina baim, September 17, 2014 11:21 PM

Commit to one hour of no lashen hara

Instead, I will use that time to see the good in others

B Wise, September 17, 2014 11:47 PM

I, too, commit my heart toward lovingkindness

It is said that true love is knowing something you could say to another, however truthful it may be, that would deeply wound them -- yet choosing not to say it. In the same spirit of building up, I also commit my heart to lovingkindness and to sharing the deep faith and hope based in the scriptures.

(28) EPHRAIM APEH, September 17, 2014 6:10 PM

This is a challenging faith

Ma, your faith in God have really strenghtend my faith and faith of millions viewers all over the world. May God reward here and hereafter. Amen.

(27) Anonymous, September 17, 2014 6:07 PM

So Beautifuly Said

G-D Bless Am Israel
Dear Rachelle
You are an amazing lady, thank you for this beautiful massage for Rosh Hashanah, be strong and Shana Tova

(26) Rina, September 17, 2014 5:41 PM

Atonement

Thank you for this beautiful message Rachelle. I just recently learnt the difference between korban/sacrifice and atonement/kapparah. 1. The latter is to bring the Nation of Israel back to God: the Kotel and the synagogues were filled with prayers. Jews, assimmilated Jews and many Christians prayed for the boys and their families 2. It has to be a righteous person/s. The boys were chosen, being righteous individuals. You are indeed chosen families. May you continue in the path of righteousness and may your light help others find the Way.

(25) Tanya, September 17, 2014 4:56 PM

Thank you!

I am truly on AWE of Mrs. Fraenkel! What an incredible spirit!

(24) Jeannette Osrin, September 17, 2014 4:31 PM

Message to the families

My heart goes out to you for your suffering and pain. Your behaviour and attitudes are a major Kiddush HaShem.Many people learned from your example. May you have a Ketiva vschatima tova

(23) Rebecca (Rivka), September 17, 2014 4:00 PM

Rachelle, we are all with you

Although there are no words to comfort you, all I could say is that our boys would want all of us to be proud, strong and united. We are one. Am Israel Chai!

(22) Bernard Deborah Herman, September 17, 2014 3:57 PM

thank you for sharing this SHANA TOVA PEACE

Thank You for sharing this with us We are one Chai Yisrael.
Shana Tova Good Health Peace for the Yeat ahead.

(21) Ruthie Knopf, September 17, 2014 3:17 PM

THANK YOU !

May H'K'B'H answer all our tefilot in the merit of these boys and their righteous Mothers.
בזכות נשים צדקניות נגאלו בני ישראל ממצריים ובזכות נשים צדקניות עתידים להגאל

(20) Miriam Perl, September 17, 2014 3:11 PM

We are getting ready for mashiach

You have been a light for klal yisroel, what a tremendous zchus it is for you, your family and Naftali. Mi kaamcha yisroel?!

(19) Yan, September 17, 2014 3:04 PM

Never underestimate the strength and the power of a Jew willingness to survive

(18) pesach aceman, September 17, 2014 3:01 PM

please in Hebrew so that Israelis get the message

please in Hebrew so that Israelis get the message

(17) Valley, September 17, 2014 2:23 PM

my source of inspiration...

please do subtitles in hebrew and french at least, it's so strong!!

(16) Anonymous, September 17, 2014 2:12 PM

Incredible

Rachelle, just stay strong. Your loss and that of the other two mothers is incomprehensible. We are mourning with you, and proud to be Jewish with you.

(15) Anonymous, September 17, 2014 2:07 PM

Bless Israel

I am so impressed with the strength of the Israeli people through this dark time. I am not Jewish, but I have a love of Israel and the people who live there. They shine like a bright star in the midst of such tragedy,and they remind me to always be grateful.

(14) Lisa, September 17, 2014 1:44 PM

You could have hide under your bed & cried....but instead....

Instead you, Rachel, are giving us chizuk!!

May this be the year we will herald in Mashiach!!

עם ישראל חי!!

(13) Chani, September 17, 2014 1:36 PM

Amazing, Inspirational Woman!

Thank you Racheli Frenkel for all you have taught the rest of us, and continue to teach, since the beginning of your loss! May you and your family be blessed bakol, mikol, kol. May we all be zocheh to greet Moshiach tzidkanu b'karov, b'rachamim! K'siva V'chasima Tova!

(12) Leona Stern, September 17, 2014 1:27 PM

You are an inspiration to all of klal yisroel

Thank you Rachelle for your wonderful words, May all of klal yisroel be united. The three boys were like members of our own families. We all feel the pain you are experiencing. May you and all the Jewish people be blessed with a year of peace and happiness and may we all see the coming of Mashiach very very soon.

(11) Sara Yoheved Rigler, September 17, 2014 1:14 PM

Great!

Great woman! Great video! Great message! May all of Am Yisrael have a great year, leading to the full redemption.

(10) Larry Snider, September 17, 2014 1:13 PM

May the memory of Naftali be a blessing

May the memory of Naftali and Gilad and Eyal be a blessing to you, to Israel, to Jews around the world and to all who seek peace and pursue. G-d bless you and keep you Rachelle Fraenkel !

(9) nazar, September 17, 2014 1:12 PM

PAINFUL AND HEART RENDING

This i really sad and hear wrenching to see that innocent teens were murdered by Muslim. Islam is the religion of peace, tolerance and forgiveness but in contrary Muslims are committing such heinous crime, very painful. May God give them to follow right path and respect all faith.

Dvirah, September 17, 2014 4:02 PM

A Religion of Peace? Maybe, But Not Conscience

It may be that Islam can be practiced as a "religion of peace, tolerance and forgiveness" but that is not how many thousands are now practicing it. And it is not enough to defend Islam in the abstract if you don't also condemn, LOUDLY, the acts of those practicing it "wrongly." With a few notable exceptions, "moderate" Moslems are not doing so. Why not?

(8) Jonathan, September 17, 2014 1:07 PM

WONDERFUL WORDS RACHELLE

Wonderful and amazing words Rachelle! Thank you for them. You are an inspiration to all of us Jews. May Hashem bless you and yours and watch over Israel.

(7) Monica, September 17, 2014 1:03 PM

Beyond moving

I am almost at a loss for words here because it is so moving. I wish only blessings for Rachelle, her family and all of the Jewish people. Am Yisrael Chai!

(6) josh, September 17, 2014 1:01 PM

speechless

all jews should merit this level of emunah and bitachon!

(5) lenhardt, September 17, 2014 12:55 PM

God Bless Israel

I pray daily for this Great and blessed nation that is such a thorn to the world

(4) Vivienne Tankus, September 17, 2014 12:35 PM

What a wonderful, inspiring woman!

Thank you, Rachaeli, for your inspiration. You have been a beacon to all, showing your faith in HaShem and in Am Yisrael.May our three boys, who died al kiddush HaShem, have an aliyat neshama.
May you and your family be blessed with good health and shalvat nefesh.
K'tiva v'chatima tova,
Vivienne

(3) Shira, September 17, 2014 12:32 PM

Shana Tova Rachelle Fraenkel

Shana Tova Mrs. Fraenkel,
Thank you for your powerful words

(2) alan ziegler, September 17, 2014 12:25 PM

make a supreme effort to treat everyone like royalty, as they are...

G-d bless the Jewish Nation, the island of sanity in a confused and angry world...

(1) Nancy, September 17, 2014 11:18 AM

I am going to continue to improve my ability to read Hebrew

Boker Tov--During this past year I began learning to read Hebrew with my BRILLIANT partner in torah. This year I plan to work on sharpening my Hebrew reading skills. After all, Hebrew is the language of our people!

 

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