The IDF received a special gift Thursday - a Torah scroll flown in all the way from the state of Connecticut.
The scroll was dedicated in a ceremony at a Yad Lebanim memorial to fallen IDF soldiers. The dedication ceremony was attended by Deputy Defense Minster Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan and IDF Chief Rabbi Eyal Karim.
Dr, Daniella Rotner, a resident of West Hempstead, New York, donated the Torah scroll in memory of her late grandmother and in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of her son, Joshua, who put on his tefillin [phylacteries] for the first time at the Western Wall last week.
The Torah scroll was brought from a synagogue built by the Jewish community of Norwich, Connecticut, a synagogue which used to be the place of prayer for 450 worshipers every Shabbat, but which now, due to demographic changes, does not hold Shabbat services.