Knesset Dedicates Torah for Jewish WW2 Veterans

In rare and beautiful show of Jewish unity, MKs, leaders from across the spectrum dedicate Torah
to Jews who fell fighting Nazism.

Ari Soffer ,

Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein writes a letter in the new Torah scroll
Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein writes a letter in the new Torah scroll
Knesset Spokesperson

The Knesset saw a rare show of unity on Tuesday, as MKs from across the political spectrum joined Jewish World War Two veterans, along with prominent Israel and European rabbis and other public figures for a special ceremony inaugurating a new Torah scroll.

(Credit all pictures: Knesset Spokesperson)

The Sefer Torah was sponsored by the Conference of European Rabbis, in memory of the thousands of Jewish soldiers and partisans who fell fighting the Nazis and their allies during the Second World War.

Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau writes a s a letter in the Torah scroll

Among the senior legislators in attendance were Knesset Seaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud), Oppoosition Leader Yitzhak Herzog (Labor), Minister of Immigrant Absorption and Jerusalem Affairs Ze'ev Elkin (Likud), and Yisrael Beytenu party head Avigdor Liberman.

Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein with Rabbi Lau

"This is a powerful expression of the Jewish spirit and courage, both which were revealed in the horrors of the holocaust," Edelstein said. "There is no clearer way to express the victory over Nazi Germany, in all respects, than this ceremony."

"This Torah scroll will be... a symbol of the eternity of Israel," he added.

Other MKs present were Yisrael Eichler (UTJ), Yinon Magal (Jewish Home), Robert Ilatov (Yisrael Beytenu), Yitzhak Vaknin (Shas), Eliezer Mozes (Shas), Yoav Ben-Tzur (Shas), Yoav Kish (Likud), Yoel Hasson (Hatnuah), and Yoran Mazuz (Likud).

UTJ MKs Yisrael Eichler (R) and Eliezer Mozes

Several prominent rabbis were also in attendance, including former Israeli Chief Rabbi and current Tel Aviv Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, who also heads the Yad Vashem Holocaust Remembrance Foundation.

Opposition leader Yitzhak Herzog

As is customary, participants helped complete the Torah scroll by writing the last few letters with a special quill.

Moscow's Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt writes a letter in the Torah scroll

The Chief Rabbi of Moscow and President of the Conference of European Rabbis, Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, also addressed the gathering.

"It is possible to commemorate people in a museum - but these things last for a limited time only," Rabbi Goldschmidt said. "In contrast, the commemoration of the Torah is one that lasts for all eternity."

Speaking to the WW2 veterans in attendance, Rabbi Goldschmidt added: "In your merit we - and Rabbi Lau - are here today."