You’ll be moved to see centuries old Torah scrolls with their costly adornments,
that made it safely through World War II.
Hebrew inscriptions on monumental facades of canal houses that reveal why Amsterdam’s waterways once were called
‘the Jewish canals‘.
A 17th century ‘Siddur‘, prayer book,
printed in Portuguese,
used by the ‘Conversos‘ or ‘Marranos‘,
Jewish refugees who settled safely
in Amsterdam and whose command
of Hebrew had been reduced to zero
under the yoke of the Spanish/Portuguese Inquisition.
A ‘Zedaka’, charity box with a skull depiction. What is in Judaism precisely the relation between charity and death?
Is the sand on the floor of the synagogue
due to an idle ‘Gabbai‘, synagogue keeper 😉
or does it perhaps have a symbolic value?
Don’t let all of those details put you off!
Naomi will be sensitive to tailor her delivery
to your level of affinity with Judaism.
Oh and why were there once,
in the current location of
Amsterdam’s Jewish Museum,
four ‘Shuls‘, synagogues?
Well, three Jews, four synagogues? 😉
I think you get the idea …
Naomi will move back and forth from history and religion to jokes, to render
the most comprehensive
Jewish Amsterdam experience!