Jerusalem – Defense officials plan to recommend that the Yizkor text that was the subject of a dispute last year be officially included in Memorial Day services at military cemeteriesThe dispute centered around whether the words “Yizkor Elohim” (“May God remember” ) or “Yizkor Am Yisrael” (“May the nation of Israel remember” ) should be used. In the end, the second version won out.
Last year a debate erupted over a version recited in military cemeteries, which began with “Yizkor Elohim,” although the original version began with “Yizkor Am Yisrael.” The change, made after the Six-Day War by IDF Chief Rabbi Shlomo Goren, raised no complaints until last year, when a secular bereaved mother raised the issue and the media picked up on it.
As Jews who believe we were sent to this world to increase awareness of Hashem, we cannot have anything to with an entity that is determined to remove His name from a prayer of all things.
Now sit down and pass the popcorn and we’ll all get a good laugh watching the Mizrachi and Modern Orthodox twist themselves into a pretzel to explain this one away.