IDF set to remove word ‘God’ from text recited at army memorials


IDF set to remove word ‘God’ from text recited at army memorialsExpected army panel’s recommendation comes after dispute centered around whether ‘May God remember’ or ‘May the nation of Israel remember’ be used. By Gili Cohen IDF chief Benny Gantz arriving at a Memorial Day ceremony at the Western Wall, April 24, 2012. Photo by Michal Fattal Text size Comments (11) Print Page Send to friend Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share this story is byGili Cohen related tagsJewish world Jewish holidays Ehud Barak IDF This year’s main Memorial Day ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Photo by Michal Fattal related articlesGantz puts Yizkor debate into general’s hands By Amos Harel | May.17,2012 | 1:03 AM Defense officials plan to recommend that the Yizkor text that was the subject of a dispute last year be officially included in Memorial Day services at military cemeteries.

The dispute centered around whether the words “Yizkor Elohim” (“May God remember” ) or “Yizkor Am Yisrael” (“May the nation of Israel remember” ) should be used. In the end, the second version won out.

The decision to officially recommend the text was made after the text – either version – was omitted from many Memorial Day ceremonies this year, apparently due to confusion after last year’s debate.

Though the Yizkor text for fallen soldiers is modeled after the traditional Yizkor memorial prayer, it is not a prayer, but a text penned by Labor Zionist leader Berl Katznelson in the 1920s. It was never a required element in military memorial services, though it was read at many services.


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