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18 April 2018

"Every Fallen Soldier Has a Chapter"

Screen shot of participants lighting candles

"Every fallen soldier has a chapter" is the name of the haredi project to learn Mishnah, say Tehillim (Psalms), or take upon one's self a good deed in memory of the souls of the 23,645 fallen in Israel's wars.

Thanks to the campaign so far more than 80,000 chapters of Tehillim have been read in the framework of the project, so that every single soldier who fell in Israel's wars has had Psalms chapters prayed for his soul's ascent an average of three times.

The haredi project also mentions a particularly interesting halakhic ruling that receives practical expression:

The instructions of the late haredi Sefardi spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef that one must also recognize the contribution of the non-Jewish fallen in wars of defense for the Jewish people.

Therefore, the project also includes the non-Jewish fallen in Israel's wars, and recognizes their contribution to the defense of the Jewish People.

The project began four years ago by a group of young haredim who call themselves dosim (term for haredim usually derogatory) and in cooperation with the Gesher reconciliation group: "In these days it's most important of all that the entire Jewish people in all its diversity and sectors be united," notes Gesher Director Ilan Gal-Dor: "We invite each and every one of the haredim and secular alike to stop for a minute and say a chapter of Psalms, and thus to act in their memory and give the souls of the fallen an ascent, and also for the unity of all the citizens of Israel.”


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