A hachnasas Sefer Torah was held in the Nahariya נהר דעה Hesder Yeshiva in memory of abducted and slain IDF soldiers Ehud Goldwasser HY”D and Eldad Regev HY”D.
Taking part in the emotional event was Justice Minister Dr. Yaakov Ne’eman. Hundreds of others were on hand, marking four years since their deaths were confirmed and their bodies returned by Hizbullah for kvura in Eretz Yisrael.
IDF Chief Rabbi Brigadier-General Rafi Peretz, former IDF Chief Rabbi (reserves) Brigadier-General Avichai Ronsky and the minister danced with the Sefer Torah. Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Eliyahu Bloom told participants “When the bodies were returned we decided we wanted to do something to remember them. Ehud was the only soldier killed from our yeshiva in the Second Lebanon War. Naturally, the other talmidim became attached to their story, and wanted to do something, as well as remaining in touch with the families.”
Mr. Tzvi Regev, the father, showed much emotion, especially because so many never met or knew his son, yet he was part of the event.
Justice Minister Ne’eman commented on the unique character of this particular hesder yeshiva as well as the entire hesder program.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)