Wednesday, May 08, 2019

First-Ever Ceremony For Charedi Fallen Soldiers

For the first time since the establishment of the State of Israel, an official state event was held in memory of the IDF’s Ultra-Orthodox soldiers.

Some 1,000 Israelis from the Ultra-Orthodox community gathered on Tuesday to honor the IDF soldiers from their community who served and died during service.

Member of Knesset Yaakov Margi, a member of the Ultra-Orthodox Shas faction who participated in the rally, said that “this is a historic day, and there is no turning back.”

The public recited Psalms and the Kaddish in memory of the fallen, sang the Hatikvah national anthem and concluded with the singing of Ani Ma’amin, I Believe.

The evening was attended  by Rabbi Aryeh Stern, Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, bereaved families, members of the Netzah Yehuda Association, Ultra-Orthodox soldiers and veterans, IDF representatives, rabbis and public figures.

The rally was initiated by the Netzach Yehuda Association, the guiding force behind Ultra-Orthodox enlistment to the IDF, in coordination with the Ministry of Defense and the Haredi administration in the IDF.

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