Love of the Land

For the week ending 31 January 2009 / 6 Shevat 5769

Shefaram the Ancient Synagogue

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
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The unique building in a residential neighborhood of Shefaram bears the Aramaic title "the ancient synagogue of Shefaram".

Tradition has it that this synagogue, built on the ruins of ancient structures, marks the site where the Sanhedrin met in one of its ten exiles. Another tradition claims that the Jewish community in Shefaram was in continuous existence since the time of the Second Beit Hamikdash until its inhabitants abandoned it in 1920.

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