(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Some 85,000 people flocked to Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Sunday evening, uniting in prayer and hope for the safe return of abducted Israeli teens Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach, and Naftali Frenkel.
Radio and TV personality Avri Gilad, who hosted the rally, said the event the tone for the event was “not about tears or lamenting.”
“Our enemies feed off of Jewish tears and there is no need for us to nourish them,” he said.
The boys’ mothers embraced each other in tears, visibly moved by the mass attendance at the rally.
“These are difficult days for you, for us, and for all Israelis,” said Bat-Galim Shaar, addressing her son Gilad. “But we are not alone. There is an entire people with us, waiting for you to come home. When you do, you’ll find that our family has added many new members.”