Service for Schalit to be held at Kotel on night of his 23rd birthday

August 12, 2009 15:55


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Habonim Dror, the youth movement which has been the driving force behind the popular campaign for Gilad Schalit's return, has organized a global prayer for the captured IDF soldier's safe return, to take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday night. The mass prayer will focus on a communal service at the Western Wall, timed to coincide with the soldier's 23rd birthday according to the Hebrew calendar. Habonim have joined forces with ex-chief rabbi of Israel and current Tel Aviv Chief Rabbi, Yisrael Meir Lau, by holding a prayer ceremony at Judaism's holiest site. "We are calling on all Jews - one people, one heart -to pray on behalf of our brother Gilad's well being and for his safe return," read a press release from the youth movement. Rabbi Lau has penned a special prayer for the service, beseeching God to "redeem him [Schalit] from his captivity and return him in the immediate future."

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