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Remuh Synagogue, Krakow

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The Remuh Synagogue, is named after Rabbi Moses Isserles c.1525–1572, known by the Hebrew acronym ReMA, רמ״א, (pronounced ReMU) who's famed for writing a collection of commentaries and additions that complement Rabbi Yosef Karo's Shulchan Aruch, with Ashkenazi traditions and customs. Remuh Synagogue is the smallest of all historic synagogues of the Kazimierz district of Kraków. It is currently one of two active synagogue in the city.OriginsAccording to one popular tradition Israel ben Josef, the grandson of Moshe Auerbach of Regensburg, founded the synagogue in honor of his son Moshe Isserles, who already in his youth was famed for his erudition. A more plausible motive for the synagogue's origin stems from the Hebrew inscription on the foundation tablet which reads:Husband, Reb Israel, son of Josef of blessed memory, bound in strength, to the glory of the Eternal One, and of his wife Malka, daughter of Eleazar, may her soul be bound up in the portion of life, built this synagogue, the house of the Lord, from her bequest. Lord restore the treasure of Israel.This implies that the synagogue was built in memory of Malka, the wife of Israel ben Josef. The year 1552 was a very difficult time for the family of Israel: his mother, wife, and daughter-in-law, the first wife of Rabbi Moshe Isserles, and probably other family members died in the epidemic that hit Kraków that year, in addition to numerous Jewish inhabitants of Kazimierz. Israel ben Josef was a wealthy banker who settled in Kraków only in 1519, following the expulsion of Jews from the German city of Regensburg. Another tradition maintains that the synagogue was founded by Rabbi Moshe Isserles himself in memory of first wife Golda, who died at the age of twenty.
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  • A second attempt to visit this little synagogue as it was a Jewish holiday. But upon return, the synagogue is very small & busy as a big group arrived with a guide, but the main reason for the visit w...  more »
  • This is a very small synagogue, basically one room. If you don't know much about synagogues you won't find out anything more, there is no information, no brochures and no one will explain anything to ...  more »
  • A very old synagogue and from what we saw very popular with many International Jewish travelers. The synagogue itself is quite small and it has an adjacent very old cemetery which, like the nearby "ne...  more »
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  • Nice cemetery but small synagogue, the price was a bit high for the entrance but it is still reasonable.
  • Significant synagogue will restored, with an on-going effort to maintain it and the attached cemetery.
  • Visit this small Synagogue to see the fascinating cemetery located in the back.
  • If you were in KAZIMIERZ and you didn't visit Remuh it is like to be in Paris and not see Eifel Tower. Combiticket Synagogue + Cemetery for 5 złotych or 1 £.
  • Beautiful synagogue.

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