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Nov 29, 2010

The Amish At The Kotel. A Tzenter?

This is interesting. The Amish, who generally eschew modern technology, have come to Israel, by airplane, to apologize to the Jews for not standing up and defending them during the Holocaust.

The Amish community also used the opportunity to express its commitment to standing up and defending Israel in the future.

From the JPost:
Representatives of the Amish community from the United States and Switzerland paid a visit to the Western Wall on Saturday night, during which they asked the forgiveness of the Jewish people over their group's silence during the Nazi's extermination of Jews during the Holocaust.


Part of what made the visit so special is the fact that Amish, a split-off from the Mennonite Church who largely reject modern technology, do not normally use contemporary transportation forms such as the aircraft on which they made the journey to the Holy Land.


According to an announcement issued by the office of Rabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Sites Shmuel Rabinovitch, with whom the group met, the Amish delegates saw a great importance in coming to Israel and expressing their contrition, as well as declaring their unreserved support of the Jewish people and the State of Israel.


The delegation members stressed that they are neither seeking any kind of gesture from the Jewish people nor to proselytize, only to support Israel for the simple reason that they haven't in the past.


Rabinovitz was presented various tokens at a ceremony in the Hassmonean chamber, including a parchment with the request of forgiveness in the name of the entire Amish community. The Amish representatives also gave a commitment that from this time on, they will loudly voice their support of the Jewish people, especially in the wake of the expressions of hatred by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinjad and his extensions.


The delegation left Israel on Sunday.
Two points:
1. They blend right in at the Kotel. Most people probably did not even realize that an unusual group was there...

2. It takes some serious conviction to break a life rule because you think you need to somehow correct something that you did wrong a long time ago.

2 comments:

  1. I don't think that is considered breaking a rule for them.
    The Amish don't have an "amira l'nochri" rule. They will travel by train or bus, but they will not drive or use electricity themselves.
    There Amish men who build wooden sheds in the US and are driven by a non-Amish person to the customer location.

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  2. I wonder if this has been percolating among the Amish for long. About two years ago when I took my sons to the Holocaust museum in Washington, I saw a group of them there.

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