Photo Credit: Yad L'Achim
"Last year, I didn't even know I was Jewish," said "S,"born to his Jewish mother who was imprisoned in the home of her Arab husband.

A 13-year-old boy born to a Jewish mother and raised in an Arab village celebrated his Bar Mitzvah at the Western Wall last week after she had escaped with him and her two daughters from her “prison at home.”

Details of the dramatic rescue mission cannot be published, said the anti-missionary Yad L’Achim organization, which engineered the escape.

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The location of the Arab village is not known, and lips are sealed on how the woman, identified as “R,” was able to contact Yad L’Achim despite prison-like conditions imposed on her by her Arab husband. No information has been released about the ages of her two daughters.

The boy, identified as “S,” recited the blessing over the Torah in a tear-jerking celebration last Monday at the Kotel in Jerusalem. On his way to the Western Wall, a social worker who accompanied him asked what he would have said a year ago if told that he would be celebrating his Bar Mitzvah at the Kotel the following year.

“S” replied, “I would have asked, ‘What’s a Bar Mitzvah.?’ My father forbade my mother to speak anything about it, and I didn’t even know I was Jewish.”

“R” suffered two decades in what is a common story of a young Jewish woman falling into the charms, and usually gifts, of an Arab and then marrying him, converting to Islam and becoming a prisoner in his house and a victim of wife-beating.

Her Arab husband prohibited her from making contact with other women in the village, and he did not allow her to step out of the house alone.

After the rescue, Yad L’Achim took the woman and her children to a “safe” house and helped provide the means to help her rehabilitate back into normal life.

Relying on the organization’s legal advice, she filed a complaint with the police, charging her husband with violence, and she nullified her conversion to Islam in a Rabbinic Court.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. I help Yad le-Ahim, in my very modest way with lot of great pride since I heard of this organisation in saving abducted Jewish women and the innocent children born to them from those lyier and criminel Arabo-Muslim bandits.
    I hope more Jewish people will help Yad le-Ahim in order to save all the Jewish women and their children and in exposing those evil Arabo-Muslim men.
    Let the world see what those "poor Arabs" do to our people.

  2. Dear Tzvi — Quite unfortunately this article on the Muslim boy's bar mitzvah has some pretty glaring typos. This distracts the readers by forcing us to guess at the actual meaning. Why not pressure your current copyeditor to do a good job, or copyedit yourself?
    Thank you, in all due respect.
    Betty

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