A Guest Post By E. Fink
It is hard to wish someone a "Happy" Birthday when they are being held captive. This Shabbos will be the 24th Birthday of Gilad Shalit. Hopefully this will be his final birthday in captivity.
His case is a real case of Pidyon Shvuyim min haTorah and we have an obligation to help secure his release. In an era where criminals and swindlers have had massive campaigns by the Charedi world on their behalf Shalit's case has been somewhat ignored by the Charedim.
To that end, my father and couple of friends have sponsored an ad on behalf of Gilad Shalit in the preeminent American Charedi paper, the Yated Ne'eman. The ad quotes R' Elyashiv who proclaimed it necessary to pray for Gilad as it is a matter of life and death and genuine redemption of a captive.
I could not agree more.
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