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April 30, 1971 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1971-04-30

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Historic Moment for Israel's Chief Rabbi:
Sounding Shofar at Jerusalem's Liberation

The proudest day in the life of
Gen. Shiomo Goren, chief chaplain
of the Israel Defense Forces, was
on June 7, 1967, the third day of
the Six-Day War, when Jerusalem
was reunited. Gen. Goren will be
guest speaker at the Israel anni-
versary dinner May 13 at Cong.
Shaarey Zedek.
At 10:15 in the morning of the
third day of the war, the Star of
David was unfurled over the
Temple Mount. The Western Wall
got a misty-eyed honor guard. A
Zahal unit fired a volley. Para-
troopers hugged each other. A
broad-shouldered paratrooper kept
running about, screaming: "Jeru-
salem is ours! Jerusalem is ours!"

Raphael Bashan describes the
scene in his book "The Victory:"
"An imposing, fiery figure appears
on the scene—the chief chaplain
of Zahal — Brig. Gen. Shlome
Goren. In one hand he is holding
a small Scroll of the Law in a
purple coverlet. With the other he
whips out a ram's horn, raises it
to his lips, and a blast rolls like
thunder through the enclosure.
`These moments,' cries the Chief
Chaplain, 'will be inscribed in the
annals of our people for genera-
tions to come! Zahal has raised
the flag of Israel's sovereignty
over the Temple Mount, site of the
nation's glory. The Wall is ours.
We shall never give it up.'

"A few minutes later come the
chief of staff, General Itzhak
Rabin; the assistant chief of staff,
Brig. Gen. Chaim Bar-Lev; Brig.
Gen. Uzzi Narkiss, head of the
Central Command; senior officers
and the soldiers who achieved the
breakthrough. They all join in an
inspired Minha service.
"And this is the proclamation
issued by Rabbi Goren in honor of
the day:
Fighting men of Israel, beloved
of the nation, crowned with val-
orous victory.
The Lord be with you, stal-
warts of the host ! I am address-
ing you from the court of the
Western Wall, remnant of our
Comfort ye, comfort ye, my
people, said your Lord. This is
the day for which we have long-

ed. Let us be glad and rejoice in
its salvation.
The vision of all the genera-
tions has come to pass before
our eyes. The City of God, the
site of the Temple, the Temple
Mount and the Western Wall,
symbol of the Messianic redemp-
tion of our people, have this day
been redeemed by you, valorous
men of Zahat. Today you have
made good the oath of genera-
tions: "If I forget thee, 0 Jeru-
salem, so let my right hand be
forgotten." And indeed, we have
not forgotten thee, 0 Jerusalem,
our sacred city and home of our
glory, and our right hand—the
right hand of God—has wrought
this historic redemption.
Whose heart will fail to sing
and resound at the news of this
redemption. Now there will be
opened the Gates of Zion and of
ancient Jerusalem. The paths to
the Western Wall will be open to
the prayers of its sons and lib-
erators, here, and of the Jewish
people everywhere as they
ascend to make their supplica-
tion before the Creator.
The Divine Spirit, which has
never detached itself from the
Western Wall, now goes forth be-
fore the hosts of Israel in a pillar
of fire, illuminating for us the
road to victory, and surrounding
us with clouds of honor, before
all men.
Happy are we who have earned
this noblest hour in the history
of our People.
And to the nations of the
world we say:
We shall protect with dignity
and with honor, all the sites sanc-
tified to all people of peace and
trust, and their gates will be
open wide to men of all faiths.
Dear sons and so l d i e r s!
Through you this nation has
achieved this highest of privi-
leges. The prayers of generations
and the visions of the Prophets
have come to life; "For Thou, 0
Lord, didst set it afire, and with
fire willt Thou build it, as it is
said: 'And I shall be unto her,
said the Lord, 'an encircling wall
of fire, and within her I shall be
honored.' " Blessed be Thou, 0
Lord, comforter of Zion and
builder of Jerusalem.

And to Zion and the remnant
of our Temple we bring these
tidings: The sons have returned
to within their boundaries. Our
feet are 720W standing in thy
gates, 0 Jerusalem, the City now
joined together with the new
Jewish Jerusalem, the City beau-
tiful, joy of all the land, capital
of eternal Israel.
In the name of the communi-
ties of Israel, here and in the
Diaspora, I pronounce with su-
preme joy, the Benediction:
"Blessed be Thou, 0 Lord our
God, King of the universe, for
having given us life, fulfillment
and the attainment of this mo-
This year—in Jerusalem Re-
built !"
Louis Berry, vice chairman of
the Detroit Israel Bond Committee,
is dinner chairman. The citywide
affair, on behalf of Israel Bonds,
is sponsored by the Detroit Zionist
Federation. Cantor Jacob Barkin
of Shaarey Zedek will be guest
artist. For reservations, call the
Israel Bond office, 557-6770, or
the Zionist office, 353-3636.


12—Friday, April 30, 1971

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