LIBI Sponsors 75 Torah Scrolls in Memory of Victims of Operation Protective Edge

Torah scrolls at western wallThe victims of last summer’s war with Gaza were memorialized on August 12 in a special LIBI Fund sponsored event at the Western Wall in Jerusalem at which 75 Torah scrolls were dedicated in their memory.

Israeli officials, including President Reuven Rivlin, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot, Chief Rabbis David Lau and Yitzchak Yosef, and Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, and families of the fallen inaugurated the Torah scrolls in memory  ppsspp iso games of the fallen soldiers and civilians.

“The Torah marches with the Jewish nation during highs and lows, good and bad,” said Rivlin. “The Torah accompanied us in our wanderings, in our exile and will accompany us in our redemption.”

The 75 Torah scrolls memorialize the 67 fallen IDF members during Operation Protective Edge along with the five civilians who were killed during the war and the three teenage boys kidnapped and murdered by Hamas last summer.

The LIBI Fund, the IDF’s humanitarian unit, worked in conjunction with the Yad Labanim organization to organize the dedication of the scrolls. Each Torah will be sent to memorial sites and IDF bases across Israel to commemorate Israel’s fallen.

IDF Soldiers Struggle to Keep Cool During Record Heat Wave

desert soldiersThis week, Israel hit its hottest day in five-years. Sweltering temperatures throughout the country would be an understatement.

“When people are hot, they can choose to sit in the shade or enjoy indoor air-conditioning,” reflected Dr. John A.I. Grossman, LIBI USA Chairman. “But, IDF soldiers don’t have that option. They are responsible to man their stations in full gear and while wearing heavy uniforms which allows Israelis to enjoy their summer vacation in security.”

Temperatures reached 43 Celsius/109.4 Fahrenheit in Tiberius in the north and Ein Gedi in the south, 33 Celsius/91.4 Fahrenheit in centrally located Tel Aviv, 40 Celsius/104 Fahrenheit in Jerusalem and 45 Celsius/113 Fahrenheit in southern Eilat. In other words, all borders and areas in Israel were steaming.

Not only were temperatures soaring but humidity was over eighty percent in some locations including along the shoreline and inland.

The Health Ministry along with Magen David Adom (MDA) emergency services have advised that the average resident drink at least three liters of water a day, rest, and wear a hat when outside along with sunglasses and sunscreen.

“Our soldiers need to stay hydrated in order to stay alert and healthy while they protect Israeli borders,” continued Grossman.

That is why LIBI has increased its efforts to raise much needed funds to supply IDF soldiers with Camelback Hydration Packs. These packs keep drinking water close at hand. They fit conveniently in soldier backpacks and have an easily accessible straw so soldiers can maintain their position at all times.

Soldiers are trained to recognize signs of dehydration such as headache, dizziness or general weakness. Should fainting occur, the soldier has already reached hypothermia which requires emergency care. Camelback Hydration Packs help to avoid this dangerous scenario.

The severe heat and humidity forced the Israel Nature and Parks Authority to close certain hiking trails around the country. They reminded hikers that should they choose to be outdoors during this heatwave, carrying plenty of water is a must.
“Soldiers can’t choose their assignments. But, we can choose to help soldiers succeed with their duties by giving them helpful supplies,” noted Grossman.