The Zionist Conspiracy
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Along with the end of Shavuos tonight came learning of the sad passing in Jerusalem yesterday of Yona Baumel, z'l.
In shul this morning we went through the weekly ritual of reciting the prayer for Israel's missing soldiers, including Zechariah Shlomo ben Miriam - Zachary Baumel.
One wonders how many congregants in our minyan have any idea who Zack Baumel is.
In less than two weeks it will be 27 years since Baumel, Tzvi Feldman and Yehuda Katz were captured days into the Lebanon War. Baumel's family made aliyah from Brooklyn in 1970; he was learning at Yeshivat Har Etzion when he was called to serve in Lebanon.
It's hard to expect young American Jews to have any idea who they are. After all, they have been long forgotten in Israel.
Yona Baumel did everything he could to ensure that some people won't forget his son and his comrades. He devoted his life to finding them, or at least determine their fate. That he died without succeeding in what became his life's mission is a bitter reminder of the apathy toward Arab barbarism.