This past week a circle has closed.
It began seven weeks ago with the kidnapping and murder of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali.
A war ensued. And right at the gates of Tisha b’Av, it drew to a close.
Soldiers, their military boots removed, sat on the ground, in lamentations.
Never before have the words of the Tisha b’Av mincha prayer resonated as they did this year. “Libi libi al chalaleihem, my heart cries out for the dead soldiers.”