Saturday, March 02, 2013

Ancient Damascus synagogue is bombed (update)

Latest video released by Syrian rebels showing extensive interior bomb damage to the Eliyahu Hanavi synagogue (Ynet News). Video clip showing the damage to the site of the ancient Eliyahu Hanavi synagogue (Maariv)

The fighting is bound to have taken its toll on Syria's ancient Jewish heritage, as this report in Haaretz shows: (With thanks: Lily; Shaul)

 President Bashar Assad's forces bombed one of Syria's oldest synagogues on Friday, Syrian opposition activists report. The synagogue, located in the suburban Jobar district of Damascus, is said to have been built in honor of Elijah the Prophet while he was escaping persecution.

According to tradition, the synagogue stands at the site where Elijah the prophet anointed Elisha as a prophet as well. Syrian rebels released a video showing the front of the synagogue and the sign in both Arabic and English that reads: "Shrine and Synagogue of Eliyahou Hanabi since 720 B.C."

 In the background, you can hear one of the rebels describing the destruction. The synagogue's structure has undergone almost no changes since it was built 2,000 years ago, making it especially unique both architecturally and historically.

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Jerusalem Post: The Jobar synagogue was built by Elisha on the site of a cave in which Elijah hid from persecution. 


Anonymous said...

they can burn our synagogues but not our faith in our religion!
In French the beginning of the Hatikva says
"Gerde l’espĂ©rance, ta souffrance un jour finira!
(Translation: Keep your hope, one day your suffering will end!

Anonymous said...

of course I meant garde and not gerde!!