Saturday, 5 March 2011
Gaby and Ofer
Two years ago, I went to visit friends on the S. Island. I flew, then took a bus. The bus station is right in the city centre, behind the iconic Cathedral, a Cathedral that now lies in ruins.
I was surprised to see a menorah inside the main door, and asked one of the guides why it was there. She replied that the church wanted to extend its welcome to people of all faiths, and this was a very recognisable symbol of the Jewish faith, and that was why it was chosen.
I stood for a while and watched reactions to this menorah. Many people stood for a long time to look, and this lady decided to pray.
This week two of Israel's finest Ofer Levy and Gaby Ingel died close to the cathedral. It has touched me deeply that these two men should lose there lives so far away from their loved ones. They, along with around 10,000 Israelis each year visit our islands. We are honoured that they come to the Ends of the Earth to spend time with us.
To the Levy and Ingel families;
Hamakom yinachem eschem b'soch sha'ar availay Tzion v'Yerushalayim.
"May Hashem, Who is everywhere, comfort you amongst the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem."