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Israelis You Should Know: Rachel Frenkel

Rachel Frenkel, mother of murdered Israeli teen, and Rabbi Eckstein, at Bridge Builder event, June 2016 (Photo: Israel Bardugo)

In the summer of 2014, Hamas terrorists kidnapped three Israeli teenagers. While the Jewish state and its supporters prayed for the boys' safe return, the mother of one of the boys, Rachel Frenkel, found herself in the spotlight. Ms. Frenkel, an Israeli, was already an accomplished woman, the dean and director of a school for women's Torah studies. But her eloquence in such a stressful time - and her strength when the boys' story took a tragic turn - showed what a wonderful woman, mother, Israeli, and person Rachel Frenkel truly is.

Here is Ms. Frenkel speaking at a session of the United Nations - a speech given when the search for her son and his friends was still ongoing:

And here she eulogizes her son, saying "We will have to learn to sing without you":

“We will have to learn to sing without you,” Rachel Fraenkel said to her slain son Naftali, 16, as she looked out at his flag-draped body, which lay on top of a gurney in front of thousand of mourners.

She spoke as the afternoon sun beat down on the large, green lawn edged with palm trees, where it was standing room only.

As she spoke, her voice nearly broke down in tears, but almost immediately she steadied herself. The act of prayer is worthy, no matter what the outcome, she said.

“Each prayer has its own work to do. There is no senseless act of love and charity. A good act stands on its own,” she said.

“Everyone says you are now children of the world to come,” she said of her son and the two other teens. “But we had hoped you would have many years in this world.”

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