Today the Jewish world continued to mourn the deaths of Eldad and Udi. I hope that more than the Jewish world care and are thinking of them.
This is one of the days when I accutely feel far away from Israel. I wish my aliyah was already complete and I could have been there today. Reading accounts of the funerals helps, yet doing so increases my saddness.
– Ha’aretz on the funerals including some quotes from the eulogies and families
– JPost on the funerals
– JPost story, including a heartbreaking story about how Udi was nearly released from his miluyim (reserve duty).
Udi & Eldad are dead. My heart breaks. I can’t get Karnit Goldwasser (Udi’s [z”l] wife) out of my mind. It seems like yesterday that she asked me and a room full of people to raise awareness, write letters and pray for her husband, for Eldad and for Gilad along with all of Israel’s kidnapped soldiers. Since the day that I met Karnit I wore a dogtag with the names of the 3 missing soldiers on it. I rarely took it off. She asked us to wear it until her husband came home. When I woke up yesterday morning, the chain had broken. How symbolic.
[A few links about the return of their bodies: Ha’aretz, JPost story with reactions from the families, blogger Aussie Dave]
Update: I’ve been listening to Galgalatz all day today (thank you Israel Radio Toolbar!) with the sad songs resonating through me, pulling at my heart strings and raising tears.
More blogs (with varying viewpoints) on this sad sad day:
Gila’s Big Adventure Treppenwitz, Expat Egghead, Not a Fish, Simply Jews, Aliyah! Step-by-Step: Making a Life in Israel,