Havdalah Attended by Jews and Christians

25 Jan 2013 9:27 PM | Anonymous

19.01. Krakow (PAP) – A Havdalah religious ceremony commemorating the end of the Sabbath was held in Tempel Synagogue in Kazimierz, Poland on Jan. 19, 2013 to mark the 16th annual Day of Judaism in Poland’s Catholic Church.

 

The ceremony was attended by Jews and Christians.

 

The Archbishop of Krakow Cardin Stanislaw Dziwisz, Cardinal Franciszek Macharski, and Chairman of the Jewish Religious Municipality Tadeusz Jakubowicz, among others, attended the ceremony, which was led by Rabbi Yitzchak Horowitz.

 

“We meet each year, since the first Day of Judaism,” Tadeusz Jakubowicz said. “My dream is that these meetings happen more frequently. We are together, and that is what counts.”

 

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz said that this is the 16th such meeting where participants meet “in a spirit of brotherhood and prayer to ask for God’s grace over the Jews and Christians living side-by-side in Krakow, in Poland, and around the world.”

 

“I think about how the Word of God is a great gift, which helps us overcome human reactions and build a future trusting in the love of God, who awakens noble hope in human hearts, gives great promise and remains forever faithful,” Cardinal Dziwisz said.

 

Cardinal Dziwisz said that „the 70th anniversary of the murder and exile of surviving Jews, earlier crowded in inhumane conditions in the Krakow Ghetto, to a concentration camp in Plaszow is in a few weeks. It is right that this anniversary of terrible Nazi crimes is commemorated with a Memorial March along the same route that served as a terrible death march for our Jewish citizens,” Cardinal Dziwisz said.

 

The Day of Judaism in Poland’s Catholic Church was established in 1997 and annually falls on January 17, the eve of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

 

Link to original article: Kraków:obchody XVI Dnia Judaizmu w Kościele katolickim w Polsce

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