Mar 26, 2014

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PM Netanyahu Receives Zeev Jabotinsky's Sword from Israel Police Commissioner Danino

Israel Police Commissioner Insp.-Gen. Yohanan Danino, during the course of a study day for the senior Israeli Police command at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in#Jerusalem to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of former Prime Minister Menachem Begin, gave the sword of Zeev Jabotinsky to Prime Minister Benjamin#Netanyahu.

The Israel Police Education Officer said that in 1920 Zeev #Jabotinsky had been arrested by British police officers in the wake of his involvement in a Jewish defense organization in Jerusalem following the riots which occurred that year. His sword was taken from him during his arrest. The sword eventually passed to a British police officer. Several years later, the officer's daughter gave the sword to British historian Martin Higgins, who specialized in the mandatory police and whose father had been a police officer himself. Higgins gave the sword to the Israel Police. The sword had previously belonged to a senior Ottoman officer and apparently came into Jabotinsky's possession during his service as an officer in the framework of the 38th Royal Fusiliers during World War I.

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  1. Rabbi Avigdor Miller (a popular Chareidi Rabbi, born 1908 CE,
    died 2001 CE) delivered a free public lecture in the last year of his life,
    in which he taught that Jews should pray for the Israeli Army.
    I personally witnessed this; I was there.

    When a Jew recites Tefilat Shemoneh Esrei, he is permitted to add his own
    personal prayer requests in the middle of the final paragraph, which begins with
    Elokai Netzor Leshoni MeiRa.

    I recently began adding the prayer for the Israeli Army in that part.
    I know this is not the way it is normally recited, but it is permitted,
    and I can say it that way in any synagogue.

    Rabbi Steven Pruzansky of Congregation Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck
    told me that I can recite it even on Shabbat and Yom Tov,
    because it is a communal tefillah, not a private bakashah.


  2. They presented it to Netanyahu to keep?

    1. yes, though I assume it isnt his personally but goes into some state archive associated with the PMO


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