To honor the memories of 250,000 Jewish soldiers killed while fighting for the Allies in World War II, the Conference of European Rabbis donated several Torah scrolls to Israel, including one to the Knesset and one to the Western Wall. 1.5 million Jewish soldiers fought for the Allies in the Second World War.
The practice of dedicating a Torah scroll in memorial of people or communities is a sacred Jewish tradition, celebrated with prayers, songs and dance. Why did the Conference choose to give a Torah to the Western Wall, also known as the Kotel? “This is the Jewish future,” said Rabbi Goldshmidt, the president of the Conference. “This is the most significant place which unites the Jewish people.”