First Lieutenant (Reserve, U.S. Army) Dan Nadel, a 94-year-old resident of Jerusalem and a five-time decorated hero of World War II who led troops in the Battle of the Bulge and in freeing France from the Nazis, was honored by family and friends at the Yishai Base outside Jerusalem on Sunday, November 16.
The International Young Israel Movement selected Dan for this honor as a mark of his heroic bravery and on the occasion of his birthday. “We are very humbled to be able to honor such a great hero and such a great man,” said Ceec Harrishburg, president of IYIM.
Dan was a commander in the U.S. combat engineering corps, so it was deemed appropriate that this Torah be donated to the IDF combat engineers who fought so bravely this summer in Gaza, leading the detection and destruction of the terrorist tunnels.
The joyous ceremony began with speeches from General B. (commander of the combat engineers), Rabbi Yuval (rabbi of the Central Command), and Dan himself. This was followed by a procession with the Torah changing hands amongst friends, soldiers, and commanders, with musical accompaniment by the IDF rabbinical choir. The procession ended at the base synagogue. Daniel Meyer, executive director of IYIM, said, “We are always glad to contribute another sefer Torah to the IDF. As the army rabbi stated, next time this unit will enter Gaza not only with tractors and other equipment but with their own Torah as well.”