By COLlive reporter
When participants at a bris milah in Crown Heights on Monday morning heard that the newborn baby boy was named Eyal Gilad Naftali, chills and emotion were felt.
Yankee and Binah Teitelbaum gave their son the name, which up until a few weeks ago would be considered an unusual combination of names.
“When the news came that the boys had been murdered, both my wife and I knew we would have to use at least one of the names for our new baby once he was born,” Yankee Teitelbaum told COLlive.
He was referring to Eyal Yifrah (19), Gilad Sha’er (16) and Naftali Frenkel (16), the three Yeshiva students who were abducted by Arab terrorists and murdered last week.
“Once our son was born, we just knew that it would be all three names. It just felt right,” Teitelbaum, a filmmaker, said following the ceremony at Frankel’s Shul in Crown Heights, attended by family and friends.
“These three boys are our family, and even more than giving the name of a family member, it was about carrying on the legacy of unity they brought to Klal Yisroel who united us in prayer, and then united us in mourning.” he explained.
Of the Teitelbaums’ six children, two others are named for victims of Israeli terror. 12-year-old Shalhevet Freida is named for Shalhevet Pass, murdered by an Arab sniper in Chevron. Their 7-year-old Ehud Daniel is named for American-born IDF soldiers Daniel Agami and Ehud Goldwasser.
Teitelbaum told COLlive.com that he and his wife gave the names after visiting both the family of Shalhevet Pass and the Goldwasser family, which he said “made a profound impression on me.”
“Giving the name of those who perished is a constant reminder that we are all one family,” he said.