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Children of fallen Israeli soldiers, and an American, celebrate bar mitzvahs

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Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 1:16 pm

JERUSALEM- Dozens of orphans of fallen Israeli soldiers, and the son of an American serviceman who died in Afghanistan, celebrated their bar and bat mitzvahs in Jerusalem Thursday in a mass ceremony conducted by the IDF Widows and Orphans Organization.

The children, between ages 12 and 13, met with the Israeli Army’s Chief Rabbi on Thursday morning, ahead of the event, to receive pairs of tefillin, leather boxes containing scriptural passages that Jewish men wear on their arms and heads during prayer when they reach adulthood.

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