29 April 2008
Synagogue's rabbi recounts: Individuals broke into synagogue, tore Torah books to pieces and torched them
Unknown individuals set fire to a Chabad synagogue in Miami Beach, Florida on Tuesday, burning the Torah books inside.
The damage. (Photo: Shtoram.net)
Ze'ev Katz, the synagogue's head rabbi, recounted the event on one of Chabad's internet websites, saying that a number of individuals broke into the empty synagogue, took the Torah books from the cabinet, tore them to pieces, and set them on fire.
Katz said the view of the burned synagogue was dismal. Miami police have commenced investigations.
Chabad rabbis in the US assumed that the purpose of the attack was to target areas in which large amounts of Chabad Jews gather outside of Israel. The rabbis also said that the majority of anti-Semitic activity that takes place in the US is perpetrated by the Muslim community.
The event captured the attention of all of the local news agencies. Matthew Bower, mayor of Miami Beach, promised severe action against the guilty parties, saying that he wouldn't stand for such incidents.
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