Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Mazel Tov! Holocaust Survivors Celebrate Belated Bar Mitzvahs

This is the Jewish spirit. This is the spirit of survival, of gratitude, of the Jewish reverence for life. 

Mazel tov to these amazing survivors. What a beautiful story.

"Twenty Holocaust survivors belatedly celebrated their coming-of-age Monday in a moving Bar Mitzvah ceremony at the Western Wall (Kotel). The men had all turned 13 during the genocide of Europe’s Jews and were hard-pressed to survive, let alone celebrate."

Holocaust survivors celebrate bar mitzvah
(Photo credit-Western Wall Heritage Foundation.

"Many of the elderly survivors were brought to tears by the event. They all agreed that they felt that the celebration was not for them alone, but also for the one and a half million Jewish children murdered by the Nazis."