IAF Pilgrimage: Technical Division participates in Jerusalem Parade IAF Pilgrimage: Technical Division participates in Jerusalem Parade Dozens of Soldiers from the Technical School in Haifa embark on the traditional holiday pilgrimage to the capital city to take part in the Jerusalem parade alongside thousands of participants. “We try to incorporate our students into as many educational activities as possible”

Shir Cohen

The city of Jerusalem becomes even more special during three holidays: Sukkoth, Passover, and Shavuot. It is during these holidays that the Torah commands Jews to make a pilgrimage to the capital, Jerusalem, and from there present a sacrificial offering at the Temple. The custom has changed throughout history and has been subject to many interpretations, and since the founding of the state, there has been a traditional parade in Jerusalem commemorating the custom. This year, representatives from the IAF came to take part in the parade: dozens of solders from the technical school, located in at the Technical Base in Haifa, arrived in the capital city to march with thousands of participants. “We try to incorporate our students into as many educational activities as possible”, explains Major Ravit Solomon, Individual Services Division Commander at the Technical Base in Haifa.

Organizers of the two-day parade also wish to show the various layers of the population of the State of Israel and of Jerusalem in particular, and encourage tolerance towards others. “We are trying to show our students the various layers of the Israeli population and this is one of the most important things they need to know.”

 

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