The Spanish Synagogue

The Spanish Synagogue

I spent most of Friday with a very helpful student guide, Vit, whom I asked to show me the old Jewish Quarter of Prague. The area is adjacent to the Old Town area, and has a very long and variable history of alternating repression and tolerance over the centuries. There are 4 main synagogues in the area, and the Spanish Synagogue, founded by members of the Reformed Judaism movement (Haskala) is the most ornate and breathtakingly beautiful inside and out.

And a glimpse inside the equally beautiful Maisel Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter. Rabbi Maisel, also from the late 16th century, built this synagogue next to the Old-New Synagogue, and there are similar legends told about the miraculous blessings that allowed him to pull off this feat. He is also buried in the nearby Jewish cemetery, in an impressively large sarcophagus. 112


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Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychology and Religion, Union Theological Seminary, New York NY
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