SEARCH FOR DORON SHANEE
Doron Shanee, a guitarist and artist who was injured in one of Israel’s wars and who lived alone in Hod Hasharon was missing, since Wednesday, 2 days earlier. He was distraught in a state of trauma for many years as a result of his earlier war injury. The Defense Ministry provides him with a home, free treatment and a full salary/pension. He has two children. Many in the neighborhood know him and his dog and enjoy listening to his gifted musical talent and jam sessions with other local musicians. Everyone we spoke to mentioned that Doron has not been the same in recent weeks as he slipped entered into a deep depression recently. Everyone was deeply concerned. We camped out not far from his house, and neighbors joined us on the searches and brought us plenty of food and drinks throughout the Shabbat.
People are inspired by volunteers who don’t know the missing person and who come from far, to sacrifice a Shabbat to look for someone in the fields. It reminds people of the pioneer spirit that once prevailed in Israel. One man, said “wow plain and simple “Ahavta Lreyacha kamocha” loving a fellow Jew like your own self. Like the old days. And he pressured his friends to join us in the search. To see the chain reaction and to see the people leaving everything to help, makes the search all the more effective and meaningful. We trigger a flame in the hearts of these people, and in turn they are a further inspiration for us to continue in the search. Not to mention a much more effective search with the aid of local friends who know the territory and who know the subject.
Now it was Friday afternoon. that means that if he was injured on one of the many fields and orchards near his home, he would unlikely be able to survive much longer without water. He was last seen Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. I asked police if it was high risk and if there was any searching going on. They answered that it was high risk, and that no searching was being conducted beyond the roads and into the fields and that the dogs could be very useful if we were willing to come out. I called Rabbi Lior the Chief Rabbi of Judea and Samaria and asked him if this merits violating the Sabbath, and the answer was that we must go. Off we went, meeting up with another team from Beth Shemesh and Jerusalem, and schlepping some food for Shabbat. We would sleep in the fields or in the trucks. We arrived seconds before the Shabbat, parked the car, met with local police and commenced searching the adjacent fields.
Tzvi and Nachshon continued searching until midnight Saturday night, understanding that these could be the last critical ours of life for Doron and making certain to cover any and relevant areas in the immediate vicinity of his house, where he left his door open, his wallet, money and dog. Sunday, police informed us that Doron found his way to Ramat Gan where he was found alive, thank G-d.