IMRA – Monday, April 26, 2004 Mt. Herzl 5764 – Torch of the Speaker of the Knesset – Text

[Translation provided by the Israel Government Press Office]

I, Reuven Rivlin,

son of my father and teacher, Professor Yosef-Yoel Rivlin,

may he rest in peace,

researcher of Semitic languages,

and translator of the Koran into Hebrew,

and – may she live long – my mother and teacher, Rachel,

who today, 6th Iyar, is exactly one hundred years old;

seventh generation in Jerusalem;

descendent of the Aliyah to Jerusalem,

one hundred years before the vision of Herzl,

by the disciples of the Gaon, Rabbi Eliyahu of Vilna;

Speaker of the Sixteenth Knesset;

am honoured to light this torch,

of the fifty-sixth Independence Day of the State of Israel.

In honour of –

The Knesset, the legislature of Israel,

and the temple of democracy!

In honour of –

the pioneers, the vanguard of those who came to

settle the Land of our Fathers, who redeemed the land –

from Hanita – to Kfar Darom;

from Negba – to Kiryat Arba, that is Hebron!

In honour of –

The heroes of all branches of the security forces.

In honour of –

Jerusalem, our holy city, our eternal capital and the heart of the nation.

And for the glory of the State of Israel!

IMRA – Monday, April 26, 2004 Mt. Herzl 5764 – Torch of the Speaker of the Knesset – Text

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