Thursday, March 10, 2011

Hurva Synagogue is home to first wedding since 1948

From the Jerusalem Post

The Hurva Synagogue in Jerusalem, which was officially rededicated a year ago, celebrated a milestone on Tuesday when for the first time since its destruction by Jordan’s Arab Legion on May 27, 1948, the Ashkenazi synagogue in the Old City’s Jewish Quarter hosted a wedding ceremony as an operational house of worship.

Avraham Pashnov and Rachel-Orli Journo were married in the Hurva’s courtyard.

During the ceremony, Pashnov said he and his wife were “only a tiny chain link that brings together the past and the future.”

The Hurva was originally built in 1701 by Judah Hahasid’s followers, but they were unable to repay their creditors, who burned down the synagogue 20 years later as a result. The Hurva was reopened for worship in 1864 after a seven-year rebuilding effort. Jewish communities in the Diaspora contributed funds toward the project’s completion.

The Hurva’s second incarnation was blown up by Jordanian soldiers during the War of Independence.

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