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Holocaust Survivors Get Bar Mitzvahs in Jerusalem

Kotel (Western Wall) (Photo: flickr/_macleod_)

The Holocaust not only robbed many Jews of their loved ones, but of their ability to worship God, as well. The Times of Israel tells us about special ceremonies given this Holocaust Remembrance Day for 50 elderly Holocaust survivors at the Western Wall:

The septuagenarians and octogenarians were given bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah ceremonies, which are normally staged for male and female Jews at age 12 or 13, in an event held ahead of Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Day.

The 13 men and 37 women had mostly missed their ceremonies due to the war and its after effects, so Israel’s government organized a joint one at Jerusalem’s Western Wall...

A number of the survivors cried during a funeral prayer sung by European Jews to commemorate the Holocaust.

Gal Moshe, an 80-year-old who came to Israel from Poland after World War II, said it was an emotional day.

“The memorial prayer moved me particularly as I thought of my family, and especially of my mother. I literally cried.”

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