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People celebrate the ceremony of bringing a new Torah scroll into the Nitvei Yochai Synagogue in Gush Etzion, named after IDF Captain Yochai Klengel, z'l.

On the eve of the Jewish New Year, the family and friends of 25-year-old IDF Captain Yochai Klengel, z’l gathered this week (Monday, Sept. 7) to celebrate the “homecoming” of a new Torah scroll in the memory of the fallen soldier.

Inscribing the final words in the new Torah scroll. 

Klengel and Sergeant Dor Nini were killed in an attack by Hezbollah guerrillas in northern Israel on January 28 of this year, along the border with Lebanon.

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A festive ceremony was held to bring the new Torah scroll to its new home into the Nitvei Yochai Synagogue, named after Klengel, in Gush Etzion.

The cross-border attack that killed Klengel and Nini was the most serious incident to occur on the northern border since the 2006 Second Lebanon War.

Israel responded with artillery fire to the source of the missile fire that had struck the soldiers’ vehicle.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.