Paris Grand Synagogue Didn’t Hold Shabbat Services For The First Time Since Nazis Occupied France

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The Grand Synagogue of Paris did not host Shabbat services and closed Friday for security reasons, the first time that’s happened since World War II.

The Synagogue, the largest place of worship for those of the Jewish faith in Paris, was closed Friday amid the ongoing efforts by French authorities to hunt down the suspects involved in terrorist attacks around the city. The attacks started with shootings of staff of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

On Friday France 2 published exclusive video footage of French police raiding a Parisian kosher market to free hostages held by a suspect who was reportedly connected to the attackers of the Charlie Hebdo staff. The raid resulted in a dead suspect.

Photo credit: Flickr/ melina1965

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  1. Are they afraid others will enter the fray? The three who started this are dead.

  2. I’m thinking you have to consider the time difference. Paris is 6 hours ahead in terms of daylight savings time (EST), so that means that Shabbat, which arrives at sundown, had to be taken into consideration earlier when the situation was still highly volatile.

  3. When 9-11 happened, I heard people say that irony was dead. Josh Marshall worried today about the future of Jews in France, as have others. This is a terrible day, but cartoonists will continue to cartoon, and Jews will remain in France, just as sure as irony returned in short order to the US.

  4. you know…not every country starts throwing the names of victims around in the media until…oh I don’t know…next of kin have been notified first or something.

    But as the Daily Mail (a rather sensationalist rag as a rule) has published a story a few hours ago …here’s a link

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