"Many of Israel's greatest soldiers and officers come from religious backgrounds. Soldiers who know that they are doing God's will by protecting Israel have a greater clarity on their mission and strong motivation. This is a win-win situation for everyone." — Dr. John A.I. Grossman
(Israel) — [Breaking Israel News] Following the cancellation of a weekly Bible study class in October, over 800 Israel Defense Forces soldiers have signed a petition imploring IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot to reinstate the lessons. (Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
The popular class was cancelled by General Aharon Haliva, commander of the IDF's Technological and Logistics Directorate, without an explanation.
General Haliva is known for his anti-religious sentiments. In 2010, several Knesset members even called for his dismissal following harsh rhetoric against observant soldiers.
"‘Sunday Sadness' is a running phrase among Israel's soldiers, which is used to describe their mood at having to return to base on Sundays after the Sabbath," shared Dr. John A.I. Grossman, Chairman of LIBI USA, an organization which supports Israeli soldier welfare outside of the IDF budget, with Breaking Israel News.
"This Bible class was called ‘Sunday Happiness' to counteract that feeling. It brought a deeper purpose and understanding to our soldiers about the Holy Land and the importance of protecting it."
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