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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Baruch Dayan Ha'Emeth - May the true Judge be blessed

Israel Radio's 1:00 am news reported on the passing of Yona Baumel z"l over the Shavuot holiday. Yona Baumel was the father of Zecharyah Baumel, who has been missing since the battle of Sultan Yaqub during the first Lebanon War in 1982. Y'hi zichro baruch (may his memory be blessed).

Arutz Sheva adds:
Baumel became a symbol of efforts to find Israel's missing soldiers. He was an outspoken critic of the various Israeli governments and the Chief Rabbinate whom he felt were not aggressive enough in finding his son, who was last heard from 27 years ago. Zechariah Baumel was lost in south Lebanon in 1982 in the Sultan Yacoub battle, when he, along with three other soldiers – Ariel Lieberman, Hezi Shai, and Zohar Lipschitz, went missing. Lieberman and Shai were taken prisoner and were returned to Israel after a lengthy period. Lipschitz was killed, and his body was returned to Israel a year later. Baumel's whereabouts and status remain unknown.
The Baumel's made aliya (immigrated to Israel) from the New York City area between the Six Day and Yom Kippur wars. Zecharyah used to sit in the row in front of me in the yeshiva study hall two years before the first Lebanon War.

Here's an interview with Yona Baumel from July 2008. Let's go to the videotape.

More here.


At 3:02 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

I lost my fatherseveral years ago and I can only imagine what Zecharyah must be going throught through if he is still alive. If he isn't, then he and father are reunited in Heaven. When it comes to death, we all must accept G-d's judgment and know that while we can never understand why our loved ones are taken from us, it is nevertheless just as G-d is just and to the survivors He shows comfort and mercy.
May the Baumel family be blessed with both and may all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem stand with them in their sorrow. And may the Great Name Of Hashem be blessed and may He who makes peace in His High Heavens make peace for us and for all Israel.


At 11:59 AM, Blogger annie said...

Zacharia Baumel was taken prisoner along with 2 other soldiers (not the ones mentioned in your article) whose fate is also still unknown: Zvi Feldman and Yehuda Katz.


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