This day in Jewish history / Hurva Synagogue reduced to rubble
In a tragic act of the War of Independence, this house of worship in Jerusalem's Jewish Quarter was blown up by the Jordanians in 1948.
On May 27, 1948, the Hurva Synagogue in Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter was reduced to rubble by troops from the Arab Legion of Jordan, shortly after they conquered the Old City during Israel’s War of Independence. As the tallest structure in the Old City, the Hurva was a symbol for Jews and Arabs alike of the Jewish presence in Jerusalem. Its destruction, after a showdown between Haganah fighters holed up in the...
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