The parents of the three yeshivah students kidnapped by terrorists in Israel are calling for Jewish women and girls around the world to light Shabbat candles before the onset of the Jewish Sabbath in the merit of their sons.
Rabbi Menachem Kutner, director of Chabad Terror Victims Project (CTVP) said he received an urgent phone call from Ori Yifrach, father of one of the kidnapped boys, asking him to meet with him.
When he arrived the father asked him, on behalf of the parents of the three boys, that Chabad emissaries around the world should do what they can to inspire an increase in Mivtza Neshek, the worldwide campaign initiated by the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, to encourage women and girls around the world to light Shabbat candles.
“In every Jewish home in Israel and around the world, they should light Shabbat candles,” Yifrach requested on behalf of the families. “Shabbat is for zachor (remembering) and shamor (guarding). May Hashem remember the kidnapped students and guard them. In the merit of this mitzvah may He save them and bring them back home safe and sound, speedily,” Yifrach said.
The parents requested that when kindling the lights to please have in mind:
Yaakov Naftali Ben Rachel Devorah
Gilad Michael ben Bat Galim
Eyal ben Iris Teshura