A photo that captured the commander of an Israeli military team in Florida handing a stack of Jewish holy books recovered from the rubble of the collapsed condo building to a local search-and-rescue team member has gone viral.
Col. Golan Vach and his crew worked alongside local rescuers to locate the bodies of a Jewish couple buried in the debris where the Champlain Towers South condo once stood, the Miami Herald reported.
As he gathered their personal belongings, Vach noticed that many of the books he came across were from the Talmud, the central text of Rabbinic Judaism and the primary source of Jewish religious law.
A photographer snapped the photo of him handing over several blue books to a South Florida Urban Search and Rescue team member – and the image soon spread across American Jewish social media and WhatsApp groups, according to the paper.
Commenters around the globe took note of the symbolism of rescuers saving holy texts amid