He is home.
After five years in captivity, Gilad Shalit is home. Fulfilling the promise: The sons and daughters of Israel will be redeemed and brought home, as it is written, “…and they shall come back from the land of the enemy … and your children shall return to their own border.” (Jeremiah 31:15-16)
There are others who have written of today’s event with far more eloquence than I could ever muster. But I say to the world I am proud that we, as a People, do not abandon our soldiers on foreign ground. We do not give up hope. We mourn with those whose sons will never return home. And we rejoice when they are safely delivered home.
Baruch ata Adonai Eloheinu Melech HaOlam matir asurim.
Blessed are You, Sovereign of the universe, who frees the captive.