Monday, January 20, 2014

The Tragedy that occured in Kolomyia קולומיאה during Neilah of Yom Kippur in 1853

In 1914 זכרון לראשונים Zichron Larishonim was published, being a history of the Jews in the city of Kolomyia, Western Ukraine and the Takanot of the Hevra Kadisha in the town.

In the book, the author Chaim Tzvi Teomim relates a fascinating event that occurred in the town in 1853.
During the Neilah Prayers on Yom Kippur, some reckless people shouted Fire! Fire! in the ladies section of the packed synagogue, in an attempt to cause confusion and enable them to steal the womens' jewelry. The women rushed out of the synagogue and in the process 33 women and 2 children were trampled to death. An enactment was then made that the women shall no longer wear their jewelry on Yom Kippur.

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