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Holocaust Survivors Celebrate a 'Coming of Age'

December 6, 2012 10:00 PM
Seventeen Holocaust survivors who were separated from their families and torn away from their religion during the war were finally able to celebrate their Bar Mitzvah almost 70 years later at the Kotel, the holy Western Wall in Jerusalem.

Organized by the Ramat Hasharon Municipality, the group Bar Mitzvah ceremony was led by Rabbi Yehuda Butman, director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Ramat Sharon. “The time that passed did not influence them,” said Butman. “So they came to the Western Wall, where time stops and where Judaism is always alive, no matter what turmoil our nation has endured.”

(Photos: Ramat Hasharon Municipality)
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Holocaust survivors celebrated their Bar Mitzvah with new pairs of Tefillin that they placed on hand and head. They then covered their eyes when reciting the Shema.
Holocaust survivors celebrated their Bar Mitzvah with new pairs of Tefillin that they placed on hand and head. They then covered their eyes when reciting the Shema.

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