Preparations for the Ressurection of the Dead Jewish Cemetery in Nagasaki, Japan

Preparations for the Ressurection of the Dead Jewish Cemetery in Nagasaki, Japan

Rabbi Edery knew of a Jewish Community that once lived in Nagasaki. With Mr. Muto’s help they located the Jewish Cemetery, and this week went to see it. The graves date back 250 years ago, and have inscriptions in Hebrew, some translated to English. It was amazing to see traditional symbols such as a hands inscribed on the grave, referring to the priestly blessing, which meant that a Cohen- priest was buried there. Some of the family names on the graves were, Goldman, Grunberg, Kaplan,

There are over 30 graves in a separate cemetery surrounded by a low concrete wall, and the entrance has an inscription that says ”Bet Olam” House of Eternity, referring to the Jewish belief, that after one passes on, only the body ceases to exist but the soul remains and lives eternally. Rabbi Edery made special prayers in their memory and hopefully we will merit the coming of Moshiach now and the resurrection of the dead.

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