In the presence of MKs, rabbis and veterans of the Soviet Union’s Red Army, a new Sefer Torah was completed in the Knesset on Tuesday and dedicated to the Knesset’s synagogue as part of efforts to commemorate Jews who fought in various armies and partisan units during the Second World War.
The initiative to commemorate May 9, the date on which Russia marks victory over the Third Reich, in the Jewish calendar as a day of honor for Jewish fighters in the war, came from Gabriel German Zaharyaev, a Vice President of the Russian Jewish Congress who also donated the funds for the Torah itself.
Speaking at the ceremony in the Knesset auditorium, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said that there was no better way to commemorate Jewish fighters against the Nazis then to dedicate a Torah in their memory.
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