Trump's Inauguration Rabbi Reportedly to Light Torch on Israel's Independence Day

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Rabbi Marvin Hier prays at Donald Trump's inauguration, January 20, 2017.
Rabbi Marvin Hier prays at Donald Trump's inauguration, January 20, 2017.Credit: Screenshot

Rabbi Marvin Hier, who took part in U.S. President Donald Trump's inauguration, will light a torch during Israel's national Independence Day ceremony, the Yedioth Ahronoth daily reported Friday.

According to the report, Hier is on the list of 12 torch lighters that is slated to be approved by Culture Minister Miri Regev. Amnon Shashua, the founder of driverless-technology company Mobileye, which was recently sold to Intel for a record $15.3 billion, is reportedly also on the list. The list is expected to be officially released on Tuesday. 

The ceremony is to take place on May 1, Independence Day eve, on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.

Hier, the founder of L.A.'s Simon Wiesenthal Center, was one of six clergy participating in the inauguration of Trump as president of the United States on January 20. Hier told Haaretz at the time that he had accepted the invitation to attend the inauguration in part because refusing it would cause “ill will” toward Jews among the American public.

The rabbi opened his prayer by blessing Trump, and later recited the Hebrew psalm, "If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill."

The theme for this year's Independence Day ceremony is "Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the State of Israel and the Jewish People." According to Yedioth, the theme was proposed by Minister Regev, who also heads the Ministerial Committee for Symbols and Ceremonies.

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