Israeli government panel decides to keep God out of IDF memorial prayer

03.08.2011                      03.Aw-Elul, 5771

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Israeli government panel decides to keep God out of IDF memorial prayer

'May people of Israel remember' wording to be used on Mount Herzl.

The ministerial committee on ceremonies and symbols said this week the wording of the Yizkor memorial prayer for fallen soldiers should return to its original version at state ceremonies. The prayer recited at the official state ceremony on Mount Herzl that marks the end of Memorial Day and the start of the Independence Day will begin "Yizkor Am Yisrael" ("May the people of Israel remember" ), not "Yizkor Elohim" ("May God remember" ), committee head MK Stas Misezhnikov (Yisrael Beiteinu ) said.
The Yizkor controversy has been raging for two months, ever since the secretariat of the Israel Defense Forces' high command sent a letter to journalist Menashe Raz saying that "Yizkor Elohim" was the mandatory wording at army ceremonies….