Three Empty Chairs: Remember Naftali, Gilad and Eyal This Shabbat

I invite others around the world to join us in a gesture of solidarity and make a place for Israel's three missing young men.

There is a touching Jewish custom to move one’s permanent seat for prayer during the period of mourning when one says kaddish for a deceased family member. The idea is to remind the mourner that things are different. Nothing is the same in the wake of loss. Changing one’s seat is a visceral reminder that things are not the way they used to be. It is constant mnemonic that the mourner’s life has changed.