Amish Community Asks Forgiveness of Jews at the Kosel


amish-koselRepresentatives of the Amish community from the United States and Switzerland paid a visit to the Kosel on Motzoei Shabbos, where they asked the Jewish people’s forgiveness for their group’s silence during the Nazi extermination of Jews in the Holocaust.

Part of what made the visit special was that the Amish, a sect of the Mennonite Church that largely rejects modern technology, do not normally use contemporary forms of transportation such as the aircraft on which they made the journey to the Holy Land.

But according to an announcement issued by the office of Kosel rov Rav Shmuel Rabinovitch, with whom the group met, the Amish delegates saw great importance in coming to Israel and expressing their contrition, as well as declaring their unreserved support of the Jewish people and the State of Israel.

The delegation members stressed that they were neither seeking any kind of gesture from the Jewish people nor looking to proselytize – only to support Israel for the simple reason that in the past they hadn’t.

Rva Rabinovitch was presented with various tokens at a ceremony in the Hasmonean chamber, including a parchment with a request for forgiveness in the name of the entire Amish community, along with a commitment that from now on, it would loudly voice its support of the Jewish people, especially in the wake of the expressions of hatred by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his extensions.

The delegation left Israel on Sunday.



  1. They were not pro-Nazi, and due to the infamous Hitler moustache, they shave off their moustaches for that reason. Their problem is that they believe ‘peace’ is something that should be upheld at any cost. peace kills when evil is not confronted with brute force. You sometimes have to kill for the sake of protecting others, which is the Jewish way, not the Xtian admonition to ‘turn the other cheek,’ which is ungodly, unbiblical, and dangerous if and when implemented.