On September 22, 2014, there was an extraordinarily moving Hachnaset Sefer Torah at Moshav Sdei Avraham located very close to Gaza.
The Sefer Torah was dedicated in memory of Lieutenant Hadar Golden HY”D, Major Benaya Sar’el HY”D and Sergeant Liel Gidoni HY”D three soldiers killed near the Moshav during Operation Tzuk Eitan, (“Protective Edge”).
The dedication also included remembering four-year-old Daniel Tragerman HY”D, killed in an attack on his home in nearby Kibbutz Nachal Oz. His grandfather and grandmother Marcelo and Paulina Tragerman live on Moshav Sdei Avraham. Daniel “lit up” the lives of all who knew him. Therefore, it is so fitting that his life is memorialized with a plaque placed immediately next to the chandelier, the source of light, for the new Schul.
The speakers included (among others) Hadar Golden’s HY”D father and members of the same IDF unit as his son HY"D, Daniel Tragerman’s HY”D mother and grandfather. Each speaker demonstrated incredible strength, resolve, honor and respect. There was not a dry eye in the audience.
With great calmness and focus, Hadar Golden’s HY”D father completed the last letter of the Sefer Torah before the Sefer Torah was danced into the Schul.
Daniel’s grandfather, a Cohen, received the Aliyah for the Cohen, and it was the first time in many, many years that he had done that.
Now, everyone awaits the Simchat Beit HaShoevah (a celebration of music, food and dancing commemorating the “rejoicing of the Water-Drawing” performed in the Temple when it stood in Jerusalem) this comingSunday, October 12, 2014.
Aharon Razel will perform and infuse the greatest joy into the Hanukat Beit Knesset in memory of the three fallen soldiers. He is a very gifted singer and composer whose music explores topics such as Torah, Orthodox Judaism and living in Israel. He has captivated and inspired thousands with his powerful lyrics and beautiful melodies.