This year's winners included two young women:
The International Bible Contest for Jewish Youth was held in Jerusalem for the 42nd year running. Adi Diamant from Israel won the contest with 100 points. The second place was shared by two other Israelis, Yitzhak Berbi and Shira Rosen Gart, who won 99 points each.
For many, this year was very difficult, more so than ever. Yesterday watching all of the short movies on TV about young soldiers murdered and killed, I was struck by how many were from Gush Katif. Many more than the proportionate to its population.
Today at an army ceremony, one young soldier, in protested.
An Israel Defense Force sergeant refused to shake the hand of IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz during a ceremony honoring outstanding soldiers on Wednesday, to protest last August's evacuation from the Gaza Strip.
The ceremony was held Wednesday at the presidential residence in Jerusalem.
Hananel Dayan, a resident of the West Bank settlement Psagot
who had many relatives living in Gush Katif, was one of 120 outstanding soldiers receiving recognition at the ceremony.