Jews to go without kippahs?
'A sad day in European history'

European rabbis reject call by German Jewish leader for German Jews to avoid wearing kippah amid spate of anti-Semitic attacks.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

German synagogue
German synagogue

Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the Conference of Rabbis of Europe and the Chief Rabbi of Moscow, rejected the call of the leader of the German Jewish community to avoid wearing a kippah on the streets of Germany.

"This is a sad day in the history of Europe when a community leader instructs his community to hide their Jewishness as they walk down the street," said Rabbi Goldschmidt. "Hiding from anti-Semitic enemies has never solved the problem.

The rabbi called on German Jews in particular, and European Jews in general, to document every antisemitic incident immediately and report to the authorities, "Almost every person walking in the street today has a camera, a telephone, a video camera and a tape recorder in his hands."

"If in real time the details of the various anti-Semitic assailants and rioters will be transferred to a police station, and any person who knows that his future and the status of his immigrant family is in danger because of his actions, this will be the end of these harassments," Rabbi Goldschmidt explained.

The chief rabbi of France, Rabbi Haim Korsia, said that calling on Jews not to wear a kippah constituted a "reward fr the anti-Semites."

"I can not agree to this harsh statement under any circumstances, and as if a kippah was like a provocation, G-d forbid," Rabbi Korsia said. "The Jews of Europe will continue to walk upright with a skullcap on their heads proudly and boldly without fear or fear."

Rabbi Avichai Appel, the chairman of the German Rabbinical Association (ORD) and Chief Rabbi of Frankfur, said that despite the anti-Semitic attacks in Berlin, "we call for a return to normalcy." Jewish life must continue to be conducted openly in Germany and a sense of security should be given to every Jew to continue wearing a kippah."

"The old and new society in Europe must identify, internalize and respect the Jewish symbols that are an inseparable part of Europe," said Rabbi Appel.