Tens of thousands of soldiers visited the Western Wall on pardons tours

צילום: פלורית שויחט, דובר צה”ל

Military Rabbinate and educational force successfully agreements “viewers: 27,000 soldiers participated in the old city-40% from last year.

תאריך: 07/10/2011, 12:52    
מחבר: פלורית שויחט, אתר צה”ל

About 27 thousand visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem during a month.
The pardons, as estimated from the far wall data. At the Western Wall that just visited instead of 35,000 soldiers, some of whom came independently to pray instead of unit frame. This represents an increase of approximately 40% of visitors on uniforms, last year.

Affordable website that the increase noted that various programs on the pardons raise, and that the tour itself for the IDF. Among other things, they specify
Because in Israel felt the satisfaction and be a kind of “internal marketing” between the walls. delegations are organizing prayers tours through the education Corps, military Rabbinate or correspond directly with the wall.

The tour itself consists of four parts: an opening clip of the old city,,
Two to three hours tour in the old town and visit the Western Wall. On the wall explain that because of the importance they attach to visit soldiers at the site assigns a separate area for the soldiers with the Bard and pardons custom booklet divided into soldiers.

“I see tremendous significance in the wall,” an IDF Rabbi of the Western Wall site and holy places, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz. “The healthy texture of soldiers and citizens of Israel generally radiates strength and unity these days, where the partition being dropped and the common,” he said. “Every soldier’s chance to absorb Jewish heritage regeneration of self power and ability to change. I have no doubt that a soldier attached to him and his legacy and aims to improve and repair is a better soldier while also protecting
Our homeland “, Rabbi Rabinowitz.

Human resources Coordinator at northern command headquarters, Sergeant Rachel Simon, went to the Western Wall from the North in order to fulfill the pardons. “Last year was my tour squad but now prayers before we got to the wall, I felt bad,” she says. “I felt great because fail and I won’t stand for traditional lifestyles decided to go independent.
This year. In the eyes of every Jew needs to connect to the roots at all, and there’s nowhere better than “wall.

Another soldier who visited the wall unit, partially explaining the IDF site that “even if I’m not very religious and less excited about it just nice wall to visit ancient Jerusalem squad.
Beyond that, there’s also something and formulate educational activities, common to us all. “

Translated from Hebrew