Pocket Synagogue (Mahane Yehuda) (Jerusalem)

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I liked this plain pocket synagogue tucked in among the stalls at the Mahane Yehuda market in West Jerusalem. It’s particularly lively in the evening, I guess when people are coming home from work. I was told that the site was once an ordinary market stall whose owner wanted to turn it into a synagogue space after he died. The crowd is chiefly Sephardic. It’s a modest little place. It makes no grand architectural gesture. It’s just there.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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