Do We Really Have to Ask God to Remember? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Moshe Chertoff
    • 14.06.11 | 14:59 (IDT)

    If there is a God, one would hope that remembering our fallen soldiers would be one of those top agenda items. I doubt that we need to remind God to remember them. As we grow older and wiser, as a nation, it isn't a given that all the residents of the country will continue to remember them. This is Benny's second mistake. He got away with our border mess relatively unscathed. But his decision takes us one step closer to a theocracy and further from the democracy that many of the secular and religious citizens of the country hope for. The triple meaning in "May the people of Israel remember" solves two problems, yet depends on the Hebrew version for the third. That is, the English version, with a lower-case p (for people) includes everyone in the country. With an upper-case P, that would imply the race of the People of Israel, and would exclude all other citizens, yet include Jews overseas. In Hebrew, the distinction should be made between "ha-am b'Yisrael" and "Am Yisrael" (the latter meaning the Jewish People). That's a terrible exclusion, when we remind ourselves of the Druze, Muslim, Christian, Buddists, and other peoples who've lost their lives in defense of the State of Israel.

    from the article: IDF chief rules in the name of God for prayer over fallen soldiers
    First published 02:13 14.06.11 | Last updated 02:13 14.06.11
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