Armored Corps Battalion 9215 brought a Torah scroll to the location where a synagogue once stood in the town of Netzarim in Gush Katif.
The synagogue, now in ruins, was burned by terrorists immediately after the 2005 Disengagement from Gush Katif, which saw the IDF evict Jews from their homes and pull all military forces, and all Israeli civilians, out of what is now known as Gaza.
As the forces brought the Torah scroll into the synagogue, Rabbi Matan Schneeweiss said, "Every Jew is a Torah scroll. Just like we brought this scroll back to its place, we will return 241 Torah scrolls - the men and women who were kidnapped - to their places."
The scroll was written about a century ago, and survived the Holocaust and the siege of Leningrad. It was sold due to the community's desperation for bread, and purchased afterwards by Rabbi Barkan. Years later, it was hidden by his granddaughter in Communist Russia.
The Torah scroll finally made its way to Israel, and was brought to the synagogue in the community in Netzarim. From there, it made a sad journey, together with the other Torah scrolls, during the Disengagement. This week, it was returned to its home in a special ceremony, and as it was held by the battalion commander and the military rabbi, the soldiers blessed the nation of Israel, the soldiers, and their injured friends.