Hostages, Shabbat

Hostages Families Forum asks Jews to have this at their Shabbat table

To show identification with the 134 hostages still held by Hamas in inhuman conditions, Jews are asked to have a quarter pita, a spoonful of cheese, and toilet paper instead of a kipa.

Posters of the hostages. (Photo: Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

Families of the hostages will convene tomorrow in Hostages’ Square until the end of the central rally on Motzei Shabbat. During Shabbat, the families will host a shared, sad Shabbat meal – to mark 20 Friday night meals, and 21 weeks, with the hostages not being with us and unable to receive the Shabbat in the darkened Hamas tunnels.

Throughout the meals (Friday night, Shabbat morning, Seuda Shelishit), each relative will eat a quarter pita with but a spoon of cheese, to identify with the intolerably difficult conditions of the hostages being held in darkness, cold, and constantly hungry. In addition, for those who can’t make it, many bakeries around the country will place a box with quarter pitas for people to take.

The Forum issued a statement to the whole country: “The People of Israel is invited to equip itself with a quarter pita while on its way to buy challahs for Shabbat. We will place the quarter pita alongside the challah at the center of the table and for one moment we will all remember and connect to those who are still not here and whose time has come to return home. Families of the hostages invite the People of Israel to join them for kiddush and kabbalat Shabbat, to support them and identify with the difficult feelings felt by the hostages and their relatives on Fridays and Shabbat.”

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