Rabbi Yosef to Gilad Shalit: Your salvation is near
In preparation for High Holidays, Shas spiritual leader sends package to Egyptian President Mubarak via Minister Yishai. Alongside request to help release kidnapped soldier, rabbi sends prayer book and Psalms with personal inscription to captured soldier: 'Be strong and fear not because the Lord your G-d is with you everywhere you go'
Ynet learned that the care package was delivered by Interior Minister Eli Yishai to Egyptian President Mubarak, with whom he met on Sunday in Cairo, so that the statesman could pass on the package to the
In the personal, hand-written inscription to Shalit, Rabbi Yosef wrote, "Our dear Torah-loving and Torah-learning friend Mr. Shalit, may (you) live a long and happy life, With G-d's help, your salvation is near. We will be happy to see your dear face together with your dear family. Be strong and fear not because the Lord your G-d is with you everywhere you go."
In a separate letter included in the package for "the honorable President of the Egyptian nation, Mr. Hosni Mubarak, the dear and the important," Rabbi Ovadia asked the statesman to take intensive action to release Gilad Shalit.
"In the past, I sent my request to the honorable president to use your influence on the very elements who have not put down the swords to take action for the speedy release of the captured soldier Gilad Shalit who is in captivity," wrote Rabbi Yosef.
"It is clear to me that in the face of your status and your great experience, these same organizations will not be able to turn a blind eye, and this will advance the longed-for and speedy release of Gilad Shalit, the dear and the important, who has been in captivity for three years now."
At the end of his letter, the rabbi blessed the president: "The Lord will lengthen your days in the best of your pleasant years until the end of your days. May you lead your people in happiness and goodness, in comfort and peace."