By COLlive reporter and news wires
Jerusalem’s historic Hurva Synagogue, destroyed by Jordan’s Arab Legion in 1948 and recently rebuilt after nearly a decade of construction, was rededicated at a ceremony this past weekend.
The festivities in the Old City’s Jewish Quarter kicked off on Sunday with the welcoming of a Torah scroll, while the official reopening of the Hurva took place Monday.
Built in 1701 and named Hurvat Rabbi Yehudah he-Hasid, the building served as Jerusalem’s main Ashkenazi shul for generations, until it was destroyed by the Jordanian army during the 1948 War of Independence.
The rededication comes as security measures in the Old City and elsewhere in east Jerusalem are at a peak following Palestinian protests.
News that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu would not attend fueled speculation he had decided to skip the event in an effort to avoid conflict with the Obama administration, after a diplomatic storm erupted with the US last week regarding construction over the Green Line in the capital.
A spokeswoman from the Prime Minister’s Office, however, denied that Netanyahu had ever planned on going to the re-dedication.
The spokeswoman said that the prime minister “didn’t go to every synagogue dedication, and he hadn’t planned on going to this one.”
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