For a third year, a Memorial Day service was held yesterday for ultra-Orthodox soldiers killed in the line of duty.
The ceremony in Jerusalem focused on the connection between Haredi soldiers and all parts of Israeli society. It was attended by hundreds of religious soldiers and members of bereaved families.
Among those in attendance were the Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, Jerusalem’s Rabbi Shlomo Amar, Interior Minister Aryeh Deri and Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion.
“We bereaved parents have been chosen by Divine Providence to withstand this test of faith,” said Rabbi Reuven Bitton, father of fallen IDF soldier Eliyahu Bitton.
“We thank the Creator, who gives us the strength to deal with our grief, pain and loss. May it be His will that we merit seeing the vision of the resurrection of the dead.”