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Ancient synagogue in Syria destroyed

By Mason White 1:15 PM March 3, 2013
Prophet Elijah synagogue in Syria 

By: David Ross
(Scroll down for video) The civil war in Syria has taken a huge toll on the Jewish community after an ancient synagogue in Syria was destroyed, according to video uploaded to the internet.

One of the oldest synagogues in the world was partially destroyed by bombing, according to the video posted on YouTube Friday night.

The Jobar Synagogue, located in a suburb of Damascus, is about 2,000-years-old and is said to have been built on top of a cave where the prophet Elijah hid from persecution of an evil Jewish king.

Rebels claim that Syrian government troops had fired mortars at the building. The video, uploaded by military council of the Syrian opposition, seems to show that parts of the building and the roof were torn, with debris seen on the floor in front of the synagogue. The condition of the interior of the building is unclear in the video.

An inscription in English reads: “Sanctuary of the prophet Elijah and synagogue since 720 BC”, although the exact date of the building of the structure remains unclear. One of the first mentions of the synagogue is in the Talmud, which states that Rabbi Rafram Bar Pappa prayed there.

The synagogue is one of the holiest sites for Jews of Syria.
It is possible that Syrian rebels used the synagogue to fire at government forces, hoping that Assad’s forces would refrain from hitting back at the synagogue.

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