A glimmer of bravery, decency and humanity in troubled times:
The Times of Israel, 7 July, 2014, reports:
“After Jewish suspects reenact murder of Muhammed Abu Khdeir, Rachelle [Sprecher] Fraenkel says she is distressed by immoral ‘shedding of innocent blood’
“Rachelle [Sprecher] Fraenkel, the mother of slain teen Naftali Fraenkel, offered her condolences Monday evening [7 July 2014] to the family of 16-year-old Muhammed Abu Khdeir, whose burned body was found in the Jerusalem forest on Wednesday morning after he was apparently murdered by a group of Jewish extremists. Several of six Jewish suspects arrested for Abu Khdeir’s murder reenacted the crime earlier Monday, police said.
“‘Even in the abyss of mourning for Gil-Ad, Eyal and Naftali, it is difficult for me to describe how distressed we are by the outrage committed in Jerusalem – the shedding of innocent blood in defiance of all morality, of the Torah, of the foundation of the lives of our boys and of all of us in this country,’ Fraenkel said.”
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On Rachelle Sprecher Fraenkel:
According to National Israel News (2 July, 2014), “Rachelle [Sprecher] Fraenkel became a public leader, a national heroine and, just as important, a religious heroine as well, over the 18 days that her son and his friends were missing. Both men and women looked up to her because of her restraint, her faith and the profound statements she made about the prayers being offered for the three boys’ return.”
“Rachelle Sprecher Fraenkel … is the director of the Advanced Halakha Program at Matan, a high-level women’s institute of Jewish studies in Jerusalem, which despite its pioneering feminist nature has remained within the social conventions of Orthodox society. Sprecher Fraenkel also teaches Jewish law at Nishmat, another women’s institution of high-level Jewish learning in Jerusalem. In both places she is called ‘Rabbanit,’ a title usually reserved for rabbis’ wives, but in her case it stands on its own, given to her by virtue of her learning.”
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