Remembering Rabbi Daniel Zion By Joseph Shulam
May the memory of the righteous be a blessing.
The evening of November 20, 2019 begins the 23rd of Cheshvan which is the yahrzeit of Rabbi Daniel Zion, a Holocaust-era hero and pioneer in Rabbi Daniel Zion (דניאל ציון) incorporating faith in Messiah Yeshua with with Orthodox Judaism.
Rabbi Daniel Zion was one of the chief rabbis of Sofia, Bulgaria during World War II and a Jewish believer. He was warned about the holocaust in a vision of the Master, and he helped save 800 Jews of Sofia from the Nazis but was himself interned in a concentration camp in 1943. In 1949 he emigrated to Israel.
With the beginning of World War II, problems began for Jews everywhere. In Bulgaria between 1941 and 1942, a series of laws and edicts came down upon the Jews. It became obvious that these developments were preparing for the extermination of Bulgarian Jews. In 1943, the Jewish community of Bulgaria stood at the edge of hell. Under German pressure, the government of Bulgaria decided to force the Jews out of Bulgaria.
On May 23, 1943, Rabbi Daniel gathered all the Jews in the central synagogue of Sofia, the second-largest synagogue in all Europe. Every Jew in the city came to the synagogue to pray for the evil decision to be reversed. Rabbi Daniel said publicly to all the community, "It is better for us to die here than in Poland."