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Synagogues around the world will light their lights in memory of Kristalnachto

Synagogues around the world will light their lights in memory of Kristalnachto

Hundreds of synagogues in Israel and around the world lit their lights on Wednesday night to mark the 84th anniversary of Kristallnacht on the night of November 9–10, 1938, when the Nazis committed genocide against the Jews. Austria.

Jewish-owned synagogues and businesses were burned, their windows were smashed, hundreds of Jews were murdered, and thousands were rounded up and sent to concentration camps.

This is the 15th year that the project has been led by the kibbutz hadati (religious kibbutz movement) and has been adopted by the main rabbinates, the Tzohar Rabbinical Organization, the World Bani Akiva, the World Union of Synagogues and other organizations.

Two Ukrainian synagogues will follow suit amid war

The custom of turning on synagogue lights throughout the night has been adopted by hundreds of synagogues in Israel, Europe, the United States, South America, and Australia. Despite Ukraine’s war with Russia, two synagogues in Kyiv and Kharkiv will also leave their lights on.

Dalia Yohannan, one of the project’s initiators and a member of the Hakibutz Hadati (religious kibbutz movement), recalled that her father, who was in Germany on Crystal Night, was deeply impressed by the light coming from the synagogue. Tirat Zvi years ago.

“It is a symbolic move to turn on the lights during the same night they were turned off. The purpose of our project is to tell their stories and remember that terrible and dark night,” Yohannan said.

About the Author: Zavika Klein is the Jerusalem Post’s World Jewish Analyst. He is considered one of the best journalists in the world specializing in the issues of the Jewish diaspora. Klein was previously a correspondent for the Israeli newspapers Makor Rishon and Mariv.

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