Watch: Torah Installed at Western Wall

Torah scroll in honor of Jewish WWII soldiers installed at Kotel, the 'place that unites the Jewish people.'

Yoni Kempinski ,

Celebration at Kotel
Celebration at Kotel
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Notable rabbis and groups of children gathered at the Western Wall (Kotel) on Wednesday to continue installation celebrations of several new Torah scrolls gifted to the Jewish state. 

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 Pinchas Goldschmidt, Chief Rabbi of Moscow, spoke to Arutz Sheva of the significance of the event. 

"We are here at a ceremony of giving a Torah as a present to the Kotel given of the leaders of the Russian Jewish community in memory of the 250,000 Jewish soldiers who fell in battle against the Nazis during World War II."

Continuing, Goldschmidt stressed the importance of remembering that Jews were not only victims, but also fought against the tyranny and anti-Semitism of the Nazi regime. 

"We speak about the victims of the Holocaust, but beside the victims, we should also remember that Jews fought. Over 1.5 million Jews fought with the different allies against the Nazis," the Rabbi explained. 

For Goldschmidt, the message of hosting a ceremony at the Wastern Wall was that the holy site "is the Jewish future, is the Jewish base, and is the most significant place which unites the Jewish people."

An inauguration ceremony for a second scroll took place Tuesday in the Knesset and was attended by MKs from across the political spectrum, several Jewish World War Two veterans as well as prominent Israel and European rabbis.