n Wednesday, 27 Menachem Av, after 48 years, the Sefer Torah carried by the late IDF Chief Rabbi Shlomo Goren as the Kosel was liberated in 1967, will be returned to the Kosel, Israel Radio Reshet Bet military correspondent Carmela Menashe reported.
The Sefer Torah was donated to the IDF by the family of fallen soldier Baruch Shapira HY”D, who fell in the War of Independence. While the family was promised the Sefer Torah would remain in one location, it became a favorite of Rabbi Goren, who kept it in his office for 18 years. This Torah was carried when IDF forces liberated the Kosel from Jordanian occupation. The Torah has since seemed to have vanished as the Shapira family continued trying to track it down.
Kippa News reports the family turned to Rav Goren numerous times requesting that he return the Sefer Torah, but the rav stated he was instructed by the family to keep the Sefer Torah with him. The Sefer Torah was returned to the IDF by the family of Rav Goren a year ago and it was placed in the office of the IDF Chief of Staff. The family of the fallen soldier that donated the Sefer Torah requested the Sefer Torah be placed in a location that it will be used.
This has led to the decision to bring the Sefer Torah to the Kosel. A ceremony reenacting the liberation of the Kosel by paratroopers will be held. In addition, the ceremony will include 65 Sifrei Torah written in memory of soldiers who fell in Operation Protective Edge and other wars will be part of the event. Notables expected to attend include President Reuven Rivlin, Chief Rabbis of Israel, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkott, and representatives of the Shapira family.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)