MIA Soldier Staff Sgt. Oron Shaul Declared Dead By IDF Rabbinate: No Levaya, No Shiva

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shaul-oronGolani Brigade soldier Oron Shaul, 22, was killed in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, July 20, when Palestinian terrorists fired an anti-tank missile at the armored personnel carrier (APC) he was riding in. Six other soldiers were also killed in that incident.

But while the bodies of the other six were identified, Shaul went missing. Hamas claimed to have kidnapped him but so far, the Islamist Movement has yet to provide proof to their claims.

The army said the Chief Military Rabbi considered halacha, medical and other relevant considerations before making the decision.

Head of the IDF’s Manpower Directorate, Maj.-Gen. Orna Barbivai, Chief Military Rabbi Peretz and the commander of the 366th Reserve Division arrived at the Shaul family home on Friday afternoon to deliver the news.

The family was told that the halacha dictates Staff Sgt. Oron Shaul is declared a fallen IDF soldier whose place of burial is unknown. Due to the fact he was declared a soldier whose place of burial is unknown, there will be no levaya and the family is not obligated to sit shiva.

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{Matzav.com Israel}

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  1. This is doubly painful for the family. Levaya and shiva are crucial elements in having the family come to terms with the death with the support of families and friends. Not to have a levaya or a shiva deprives the family of that help. I hope that people will nevertheless show the same amount of support and grief as they would do in other cases of fallen soldiers.

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  3. They may not have to sit shiva for him, but they will grieve for him for years to come. My heart goes out to them and all the families of fallen soldiers. May Hashem comfort them all among the mourners of Tzion and Yerushalayim.

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