Gilad's Story

Children from New York read a story written by Gilad Shalit: "When the Shark and the Fish First Met."

Gilad Shalit has been in captivity for three years. This film was made a year ago. Last week was his 23rd birthday. Please pray for the safe release of Gilad ben Aviva.

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Comments (13)

(13) Vyacheslav Levovich, September 23, 2009 2:39 PM

Is it possible that this was allegorical sarcasm?

Is it possible that this was allegorical sarcasm? After all, everyone understands that it is in shark's nature to eat fish, sharks can not change. And neither do the fish. Some might say that 11 year old is too young to think in these terms, but you would be surprised as to how clever literate kids can be.

(12) Keith, September 9, 2009 8:51 AM

"Keith in Woking, UK" "PRAYER IS POWERFUL" Gilad, I pray to HaShem for you regularly - for inner strength, for your mental and physical protection and for your family and friends. We too have a son about your age. He's 25 and I feel so very much for your Mum and Dad, Aviva and Noam. My thoughts are constantly with them and yourself. May you have a safe anf peaceful birthday today Gilad. G-d bless & shalom..

(11) MD Schickler, September 4, 2009 11:35 AM

I am assuming the the allusion is to the Arab /Israeli conflict. Even if that isn't what Gilad meant ,i'm sure it is what people will think when they read it, Especially due to who wrote it . that's why i don't think it should be advertised . We as religioud jews don't believe this is the answer.

(10) MD Schickler, September 3, 2009 9:41 PM

Children often just want people "to be friends" no matter what .it is a desire mingled with youthful ignorance and stemming from the natural displeasure that tension and sadness create . they just want the pain to go away.But sometimes the pain can't just go away and people can't "just be friends". Sharks can't become vegetarians and little fish can't teach them to be be ,no matter how much they love them.This story is only getting circulation b/c of Gilad's suffering state .It is a child's dream ,let it remain in a child's head . This should not be advertised here.It is lacking in a core jewish belief that certain nations have in them an inherent prediposition towards certain behavior(like a shark) and they are used as tools to teach,(punish), and guide the jewish nation in it's mission on earth.Their character will not change until H' wants our "story" to end and Mashiach draws the curtain to a close."Aisov Soineh es Ya'akov" is a Law of spiritual nature. Even though it really hurts somtimes.

(9) Irida, September 1, 2009 4:28 PM

Where is Gilad?

Please make Gilad come home, please.. why isnt he at home with his family? now he is 23 years old he must live like the others boy he cant stay kidnapped.. please Israel make in way that Gilad become free again.. his story is fantastic! in this story he is the little fish.. he needs help

(8) shifra, September 1, 2009 5:29 AM

naive at best.

it's a little scary to think kids are reading this story as if it is significant and meaningful. more accurate and beneficial would be the story of the scorpion and the turtle. the scorpion wants to cross the river and asks a turtle to carry him across. the turtle says no, you will sting me. the scorpion says no i won't, if i do we both will drown. the turtle agrees. they are halfway across the river and the scorpion indeed stings him. as he is dying and they both are about to drown, the turtle says why did you do that. the scorpion replied: it's my nature. sharks do have to eat... there is no ill will or bad intention in that. this is not romeo and juliet. i would have a lot of commentary if i were to allow young kids to read this story. it's potential message is actually dangerous.

(7) Na'avah, August 31, 2009 8:49 PM

We could live in peace...

if it were up to the mothers that is... May his release be soon and may he be healthy and strong ~ strength and comfort to his parents, Hashem please!

(6) Anonymous, August 31, 2009 7:06 AM

Please God......

send Gilad home.

(5) Devorah, August 31, 2009 2:51 AM

Naive days you are over!

A Shark is a Shark is a Shark. He will do what his mommy taught him to do and devour whom his family has been devouring since the first Pereh Adam, i mean shark , was created, and that will go on , & continue being taught to cute little baby sharks, until Moshiach comes and some very painful but necessary "weeding" will take place in our turbulent ocean waters, finally rendering them blue and peaceful, as the poor fish hoped for. Please G-d in our lifetime. Wonder if Gilad would change his ending now.

(4) ruth housman, August 30, 2009 11:36 PM

the big shark story this week

I was in Scituate on Thursday with a friend and on our way to the restaurant by the harbor at Mill Wharf we encountered people milling by the harbor and it turned out a huge shark, a mako shark was caught off shore. We saw this shark lifted out of the water with a gigantic crane. It's a mirror for me. I have been saying anything that is a focus in my life "comes back" and reading this most poignant story of Gilad's and about his life, certainly brings me to my knees in praying for his safety and freedom. I am saying something deep and I think maybe somebody ought by now to be hearing me. in truth/ruth

(3) Anonymous, August 30, 2009 6:03 PM

Please! Pray for Gilad's release! We must do all that we can to insure he is returned to his family in health and safety, and quickly!

(2) Anonymous, August 30, 2009 5:49 PM

Nice little story

What proof do you have that Gilad is still alive? I can't see the terrorists who got him having any purpose in keeping him alive this long.

(1) Anonymous, August 30, 2009 3:03 PM

gilad ben aviva.

we are praying daily for gilad's return home to family and klal yisroel. sweet story, but we will never have peace with the other side.


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