A Torah scroll was dedicated to the three slain Israeli teenagers by an anonymous US donor on Thursday.
The scroll was airlifted to Israel and presented to the Fraenkel, Shaar, and Yifrach families in their respective hometowns, as each of the fathers inscribed one of the final three letters to finalize the text.
“Condolences come from across the sea,” reads the Facebook page for Talmon, where the Shaars reside.
The families of Naftali Fraenkel, 16; Eyal Yifrach, 19; and Gil-ad Shaar, 16, are presently sitting shiva, the traditional seven-day mourning period, following the burial of their sons on Tuesday in a ceremony attended by thousands.
On Thursday, government officials, including Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and president-elect Reuven Rivlin, visited the families to offer their condolences.
Following the visit, Ya’alon said the families “embody all that is good and noble in man,” while Rivlin praised them for making Israel feel like a family.
The president-elect also addressed the waves of racism and cries for revenge on social media following the killing, as well as the death of East Jerusalem teenager Muhammed Abu Khdeir in what police say may have been a revenge killing.
For 2,000 years, “we loved the Land of Israel without needing to define our love by the hatred of the other,” he said.
Rivlin continued: “Murder is murder, whether the murderer is Jewish or Muslim and the victim is Jewish or Arab. These things must be stated clearly. To abandon all and cry ‘Death to the Arabs,’ because they are Arabs — these are things that horrify me no less than it horrified your and my ancestors when they cried ‘Death to the Jews.’ ”
The three yeshiva students were abducted on June 12 at a West Bank hitchhiking post, sparking an 18-day search concentrated primarily in the Hebron area. Their bodies were uncovered by a civilian search team near Halhul on Monday evening. Israel suspects that Hamas operatives Amer Abu Aysha and Marwan Kawasme are behind the attack, but the two — who have been missing since the kidnapping — have yet to be located.