Life as a dhimmi is always one of hiding your true beliefs…
‘Outwardly, we live Muslim lives – but at home we love Judaism’
Anti-assimilation group helps Jews in Kurdistan, Russia, France and Iraq light Chanukah candles and reconnect with their Jewish roots.
Yad L’Achim maintains contact throughout the year with dozens of Jews around the world, providing them with whatever they need to lead Jewish lives. Many of these Jews have discovered their Judaism as adults, while living in Islamic or Christian cultures. Leading up to Chanukah, Yad L’Achim instructed Jews from Kurdistan, Europe, Russia, Iraq and other places in how to light candles and fulfill the mitzvos of the holiday properly.
“Outwardly, we live completely Muslim lives, but at home we love Judaism and want to return to it,” says Mali, a Jewish woman living in an Arab village. “Lighting the Chanukiyah under the picture of verses from the Koran symbolizes for me the victory of light over darkness.”
In one case, a wealthy Jew from Iraq contacted Yad L’Achim, which is helping him make his way back to Judaism. This year, the organization sent him a package that included Tefillin, mezuzos and a Chanukiyah.