|Maran Yehuda Meshi-Zahav|
Zaka founder and CEO Yehuda Meshi-Zahav spoke to the press at Mount Herzl, where he was attending the Wednesday evening official Independence Day Ceremony.
He explained that since he was among the torch-lighters in 2003 he has attends annually, adding it is very emotional for him.
Meshi-Zahav spoke of the “kibbutz galiyos’, the ingathering of the exiles of Jews from around the world. Avos Avoseinu could only dream of this, an independent Jewish state”.
Meshi-Zahav added that not only is the nation advancing in the physical realm, “but not since Chizkiyahu HaMelech has so much Torah been studied by Am Yisrael. Ben-Gurion is in Gan Eden in the merit of the limud Torah in the State of Israel. Am Yisrael has not known such good days since the destruction of the Second Beis Hamikdash”.
What brings a chareidi to this ceremony?
I represent Zaka, one of the largest chessed organizations in Israel. I identify with everything taking place here.
Meshi-Zahav added that something needs to be done, explaining on the one hand the chareidim are criticized for not taking party in the ceremony but on the other hand, chareidim are not included. He promises to do something about it by next year’s ceremony.