The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic

It is estimated that the Old Jewish cemetery in Prague has 12,000 visible tombstones, with up to 100,000 burials. The cemetery was active from the early 1400s until 1787. It is sobering and surreal at the same time. It is quiet. People walk around in wonder, and respect. The small space was all that was […]

Why Are Letters in Hebrew Carved Into Barcelona City Walls?

On first glance, the stones walls around the main courtyard in the medieval Jewish Quarter of Barcelona look similar to any other stone wall. Close inspection (pointed out by our guide) shows that some of the stones have letters in Hebrew carved into them. Once pointed out, it is quite easy to spot the Hebrew carved in […]

Discovering an Old Synagogue in Auckland New Zealand

I was surprised last week to see this “Old Synagogue” sign on one of the campus buildings at Auckland University.  (Surprised because I live here in Auckland and didn’t know that an older Synagogue existed before walking by and seeing it.) Here is the building, now the University House of Auckland University.  You can see the […]

Old Jewish Quarter in Bisbal d’Emporda, Spain

I am always fascinated with the narrow streets and balconies of the old Jewish Quarters in different medieval towns. the Interesting  old Jewish Quarter of Bisbal D’Emporda, Spain was no exception. The maze like streets offered us a challenge, but thankfully we had a map to find our way. I did find the Pentecost to […]

Do You See a Repeating Star of David in this Floor in Spain?

Sometimes I see patterns that others don’t. When I look at this courtyard tile mosaic in Alcazar of Seville Spain,  I see a repeating Star of David. I wonder what was on the mind of the tilers when they laid the floor. Was it the pattern they intended for me to see, or is simply […]