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Tomb of Moshe Danon

The tomb of Sarajevo rabbi Moshe Danon, a respected member of the Jewish community, is not only a national monument of BiH, but occupies an important place in the spiritual and material culture of the Jewish people. The grave is located on the road Mostar - Stolac in the town of Krajšina at the entrance to Stolac. Rabbi Mosha Danon set off on foot to Palestine in 1830 to fulfill his vow, but was found dead near Stolac. He was buried in the place where he died, and the stone monument above his tomb symbolizes the tablets on which the Ten Commandments of God were written.

Moshe Danon's trip to the Holy Land was preceded by the legendary events of 1819, when Travnica Jew Moshe Haviljo converted to Islam and began inciting Muslims against his former compatriots. After he was found dead, all prominent members of the Jewish community in Sarajevo were accused and imprisoned. When word spread through the city that the prisoners were going to be killed, armed Saracens - Muslims surrounded Rushdi Pasha's court and freed the captured Jews. Rabbi Danon vowed that if he escapes from prison, he will go to Palestine, and if he dies on the way, he will be buried there.

Today, there is a Jewish cemetery in Krajina with only three monuments, which are located in a beautifully landscaped and fenced area. At the entrance there is a board with the inscription:

TOMB OF THE RIGHTEOUS RAV. MOŠE DANONA PILGRIMAGE OF THE JEWS OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

At the cemetery itself, the approach to the monument of Rabbi Moshe Danon is made in the form of a Menorah, and the following text in Hebrew is carved on the monument, the original text of which is:

THIS STONE THAT WAS RAISED HERE

LET IT BE AS A SIGN AND MONUMENT

THE BURIAL OF A HOLY PERSON

WHOSE WORKS ARE WONDERFUL

YOU CAN SAY THAT FOR HIM

THAT HE WAS PIETY AND THE WORLD

RABBI MOSES DANON

HE WAS OUR TEACHER AND RABBI

HIS GOOD WORKS

LET'S HELP US. AMEN.

SEPARATE FROM THIS WORLD

DAY 20 SIVANA 5590 / 1830

Another monument in this area reads:

ALBERT SILBERSTEIN

GESTORBEN IN MAY 1889

As long as the inscription on the third monument cannot be recognized, because the monument itself is quite damaged.

As part of this Jewish cemetery and pilgrimage site, at a decent distance from the graves, there is HAVRA, a house of prayer, a place of mourning, a place where pilgrims mourn the death of Rabbi Moshe Danon. The room has benches and a small niche, renovated in 2004.

In 2003, the Commission for the Preservation of National Monuments declared Moshe Danon's grave with the surrounding area and the havr in Krajina a national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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