On Sunday we traveled to Budapest to attend the Calvary Chapel church there. Before the service we had enough time to visit The Great Synagogue in Dohany Street, the largest synagogue in Europe, the second largest in the world. The inside of the synagogue was beautiful, but the Holocaust Museum was a sober reminder of the ugliness that had occurred there during World War II. When it was time to leave, we realized that they had locked us in and we were surrounded by two bus loads of Israeli soldiers who were getting a private tour. We had to track down the security guy to let us out.
In the court yard of the synagogue there was a weeping willow tree made out of steel. Each leaf had the name of a person who had died in the ghetto that surrounded the synagogue during the war. Over 2,000 victims who starved to death or died of disease are buried near the memorial in the court yard. Many people had left small stones in memory of the victims and survivors.
Then he spoke to the children of Israel, saying: “When your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, ‘What are these stones?’ then you shall let your children know, saying, ‘Israel crossed over this Jordan on dry land’; for the LORD your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you had crossed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red Sea, which He dried up before us until we had crossed over, that all the peoples of the earth may know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty, that you may fear the LORD your God forever.”
We were thinking of you the whole time Uncle John.