Why No Mi-Shebeirach For Tzahal? Here’s Why.

Jerusalem – IDF To Remove ‘God’ From Yizkor

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 cemeteries

The 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.

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4 thoughts on “Why No Mi-Shebeirach For Tzahal? Here’s Why.

  1. Who needs to twist himself into a pretzel when the answer is right in front of you? “A secular bereaved mother raised the issue and the media picked up on it.” Unfortunately, the IDF caved to public pressure.

    • Fine, but don’t expect a Mi Shebeirach in SHUL (!) when you cannot stand G-d’s name in your “prayers”. I’m sure the secular mom won’t mind.

      • I still don’t see what one has to do with the other. Who are you to judge Israel and the IDF? Members of the IDF risk and give their lives on a near daily basis to protect our own brothers and sisters in Israel. This includes the (dare I say “freeloading”?) Hareidim there. No matter what issues it may unfortunately have, it is extremely arrogant to decide that for these reasons, you do not feel that they merit Hashem’s help (or at least your prayers for His help).

        • The IDF as an organization denies G-d and is an organ of the State of Israel which denies G-d as well. Therefore we cannot pray for it’s welfare as a group.

          As to the individual Yiddishe Kinder who are in danger, we pray for them every day, as we do for all Jews who are in danger, in the bracha of sim shalom, as well as Mondays and Thursdays in Acheinu Bnei Yisrael.

          Gedolei Yisroel have always warmly welcomed and blessed individual soldiers when they came to visit.

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