Western Wall homecoming

Rabbi Goren’s Six Day War Torah scroll returns to the Kotel.

By GIL STERN STERN ZOHAR
August 13, 2015 14:04
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Rabbi Shlomo Goren

The iconic 1967 photo of Rabbi Shlomo Goren holding a Torah scroll as he leads the first Jewish prayer session at the Western Wall since 1948.. (photo credit: REPRODUCTION PHOTO: BENNY RON)

One of the iconic photographs of the Six Day War depicts IDF chief rabbi Brig.-Gen. Shlomo Goren holding a Torah scroll at the Western Wall for the first Jewish prayer there in 19 years, while a paratrooper blows a shofar in thanksgiving. On Wednesday, that same Torah was set to be brought back to the Old City for a reenactment of the historic moment.

Expected to participate in the ceremony were IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot; Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon; Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef and his Ashkenazi counterpart, David Lau; Shmuel Rabinowitz, rabbi of the Western Wall and holy sites; and bereaved families. The ceremony was sponsored by the US and Panama’s Friends of the IDF organization.

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