Foreign Minister Eli Cohen traveled to Bnei Brak the night before Rosh Hashanah to receive a bracha from HaGaon HaRav Meir Tzvi Bergman.
At the start of the meeting, the Rosh Yeshivah mentioned the tefillah recited on Yom Tov of “אתה בחרתנו מכל העמים” – and requested that Cohen emphasize Jewish identity during his trips abroad.
Cohen, who departed to New York on Monday, where he will attend the 78th UN General Assembly, said that he is in the final stages of completing the speech he will deliver at the assembly and would like to quote the Rosh Yeshivah.
HaRav Bergman agreed and gave Cohen a bracha for hatzlacha, saying: “ה’ עוז לעמו ייתן, ה’ יברך את עמו בשלום” – explaining that Chazal say that “עוז” is Torah.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)