A memorial observance is scheduled for 11:00 Friday morning at the military cemetery in Kiryat Shaulֲ to mark 30 days since the passing of former chief of staff Amnon Lipkin-Shahak of the Israel Defense Forces.
A similar event was held, Thursday evening, at the Meir Harel Hesder yeshiva in Modi'in, which Lipkin-Shahak helped establish about ten years ago despite local opposition. It was decided to perpetuate his memory through the yeshiva's four-year-old Bar Mitzvah project. Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald, who heads the yeshiva, remembered Lipkin Shahak as a hero on the battlefield and off, who was able to connect even with those who thought differently. He told of a lecture Lipkin-Shahak gave at the yeshiva in which he told the students, who combined religious studies with military service, that the various sectors of Israeli society have to learn to live together andֲ respect each other, not just to avoid hurting each other but in the interest of cooperation.
Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon said,ֲ "The qualities of Amnon made me and my friends always follow him inֲ the army, and I always consulted with him." He added, "Amnon always knew the Torah is important for the continued existence of the State of Israel."