The tribute culminated with a poignant recitation of a passage of Tehillim by everyone, led by Ner Israel's, Rabbi Sheftel Neuberger.
Following the ceremony, the contingent of nearly fifty lay leaders were efficiently shuttled to the Eisenhower Office Complex, part of the White House complex for a briefing on the Iron Dome program, by White House advisors. The White House was represented by Matt Nosanchuk, Director of Outreach, National Security Council; Maher Bitar, Director for Israeli and Palestinian Affairs, National Security Council; and Eric Lynn, Special Advisor on the Middle East, Office of the Secretary of Defense.
One other thought that came to mind as we left the city, now well after nightfall. We could see the fully lit Capitol building glistening in the night, with the protective iron scaffolding still visible.
I couldn't help thinking as we left Washington that evening that the eloquence of the day would recede into history, a dim puff of rhetorical, albeit meaningful stardust. But what would remain was the acknowledgement of good in the"tall grass" of the righteous, clear thinking legislators and lay leaders. But something else would linger longer - the "Amen Yehei shemei rabbah" that resounded at the end of Mincha that was davened in that very room at the tribute's conclusion. Undoubtedly, it is the Guardian of Israel Who fortifies and forms the quintessential shield, the Magen Avraham that protects His people and those who strive to aid them...
Written by Peretz Baruch Eichler, Photo/Video Credit: Dov Lenchevsky, Shmuel Lenchevsky
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