Netanyahu is gifted Zachary Baumel's tallit

Netanyahu was given the tallit by Rabbi Yaakov Shapira and Rabbi Aviezer Strauss, who was one of the other two fallen soldiers killed along with Baumel during the Lebanese War.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
June 9, 2019 21:42
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu eulogizes at the funeral of Zachary Baumel, 2019.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu eulogizes at the funeral of Zachary Baumel, 2019.. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was given the tallit of fallen soldier Zachary Baumel at a Jerusalem Day celebration at Harav Yeshiva Center in Jerusalem, according to World Israel News.

Netanyahu was given the tallit by Rabbi Yaakov Shapira and Rabbi Aviezer Strauss, who was one of the other two fallen soldiers killed along with Baumel during the Lebanese War.

Baumel, an oleh (immigrant) from Brooklyn, went missing in action in 1982. In April, 37 years after he disappeared, his body was returned to Israel. One of the core identifiers of Baumel's body was his tallit, which had his name embroidered upon it.

Shapira told Netanyahu when performing the blessing and giving him the tallit that he hoped it would guard Netanyahu from any evil.




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