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New Mossad chief: Israel still needs G-d’s help

In synagogue Torah speech days after appointment, Yossi Cohen says Israel needs God now just as it did at its foundation.

By Ari Yashar


The Prime MInister’s National Security Adviser Yossi Cohen, who on Monday was named as the next head of the Mossad, gave a particularly powerful speech at his synagogue on Saturday, noting how Israel was established with God’s help and needs His help today just as much.

Cohen does not himself wear a kippah but is what is known as a “traditional” Jew, meaning he generally observes the mitzvot, and on Shabbat attends his synagogue in Modi’in.

“Without siyata de’shamaya (‘Heavenly aid’ in Aramaic – ed.) the state of Israel would not have been established,” Cohen said in a Biblical exegesis at the synagogue this Shabbat, reports Walla on Saturday night.

“That was true then – and today too, we need siyata de’shamaya.”

Cohen grew up in a religious family in Jerusalem and attended Or Etzion Yeshiva in his youth. To this day he maintains contact with the yeshiva’s dean, Rabbi Chaim Druckman, who is a leading religious Zionist rabbi.

The synagogue was filled with people who, in addition to taking part in the Shabbat services, wanted to hear Cohen’s words.

In his speech made in honor of his appointment as Mossad chief, Cohen spoke about the weekly Torah portion Miketz, which recounts how Joseph became second only to Pharaoh in Egypt, how his brothers came down to him during the great famine, and their emotional reunion after Yosef tested them by accusing


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