Dohány Street Synagogue
The Dohány Street Synagogue also known as the Great Synagogue, is found in in Erzsébetváros, the 7th district of Budapest, Hungary.
An incredibly beautiful building, it was built between 1854 and 1859 in the Moorish Revival style with onion shaped gilded domes. The whole building is decorated with eight-pointed stars as can be seen in the picture below.
Above the main entrance gate of the Dohany synagogue the inscription in Hebrew: “And let them make Me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them.”
The Dohány Street Synagogue complex consists of the Great Synagogue, the Heroes’ Temple, the graveyard, the Memorial and the Jewish Museum and constituted the border of the Budapest Ghetto.
Some interesting facts about the Dohány Street Synagogue
- The Dohány Street Synagogue is the largest synagogue in Europe and the second largest in the world. It seats up to 3 000 people.
- Above the front gate, there is a rose-window, which is the church’s main source of light. The windows on each side of this resemble the two tables on which Moses has written the Ten Commandments.
- the Dohány Street Synagogue keeps Torah scrolls in the ark of the synagogue in accordance with the Jewish custom. A lot of these are from synagogues that were destroyed during the Holocaust.
- The Dohány Street Synagogue differs from other synagogues in the fact that it has pipe organs and a cemetery. It is not customary to have a cemetery next to a synagogue, but this one was established as a direct result of the approximately 8 000 to 10 000 people who died in the adjacent Budapest Ghetto. Two thousand of the people who did in the ghetto are buried in this cemetery.
- During the Sabbath, no work and no fire are allowed, which means that using electricity and operating heating systems is forbidden. As a result, the caretaker of the Dohány Street Synagogue cannot be Jewish. In addition, a Jew cannot play the organ on the Sabbath and music cannot be played inside the synagogue on this day. This problem was solved by separating the organ and the choir from the ‘sacred’ sections, so that the music comes from “outside”.
Tree of life
Behind the Great Synagogue is the Holocaust Memorial Park which includes the Tree of life memorial which commemorates the lives of the 5 000 Holocaust victims who are buried in the vicinity of the park. It takes the form of a metal willow tree which is the symbol of mourning for Hungarian Jews. The names of victims are inscribed on its leaves.
Do you notice anything else about this memorial? Tell me in the comments.
Whispers of the Past edited by Kaye Lynne Booth
A paranormal anthology with nine stories from six authors, including the winning story in the 2019 WordCrafter Paranormal Short Fiction Contest, A Peaceful Life I’ve Never Known, by Jeff Bowles.
Kaye Lynne Booth, Roberta Eaton Cheadle – 2 stories,
Julie Goodwen, Laurel McHargue – 2 stories,
Stevie Turner, Jeff Bowles.
About the author
Robbie, short for Roberta, is an author with five published children’s picture books in the Sir Chocolate books series for children aged 2 to 9 years old (co-authored with her son, Michael Cheadle), one published middle grade book in the Silly Willy series and one published preteen/young adult fictionalised biography about her mother’s life as a young girl growing up in an English town in Suffolk during World War II called While the Bombs Fell (co-authored with her mother, Elsie Hancy Eaton).
All of Robbie’s children’s book are written under Robbie Cheadle and are published by TSL Publications. Robbie has recently branched into adult horror and supernatural writing and, in order to clearly differentiate her children’s books from her adult writing, these will be published under Roberta Eaton Cheadle. Robbie has two short stories in the horror/supernatural genre included in Dark Visions, a collection of 34 short stories by 27 different authors and edited by award winning author, Dan Alatorre. These short stories are published under Robbie Cheadle.
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Books by Roberta Eaton Cheadle
Through the Nethergate
Roberta Eaton Cheadle
Margaret, a girl born with second sight, has the unique ability to bring ghosts trapped between Heaven and Hell back to life. When her parents die suddenly, she goes to live with her beloved grandfather, but the cellar of her grandfather’s ancient inn is haunted by an evil spirit of its own. In the town of Bungay, a black dog wanders the streets, enslaving the ghosts of those who have died unnatural deaths. When Margaret arrives, these phantoms congregate at the inn, hoping she can free them from the clutches of Hugh Bigod, the 12th century ghost who has drawn them away from Heaven’s White Light in his canine guise. With the help of her grandfather and the spirits she has befriended, Margaret sets out to defeat Hugh Bigod, only to discover he wants to use her for his own ends – to take over Hell itself.
While the Bombs Fell
What was it like for children growing up in rural Suffolk during World War 2?
Elsie and her family live in a small double-storey cottage in Bungay, Suffolk. Every night she lies awake listening anxiously for the sound of the German bomber planes. Often they come and the air raid siren sounds signalling that the family must leave their beds and venture out to the air raid shelter in the garden.
Despite the war raging across the English channel, daily life continues with its highlights, such as Christmas and the traditional Boxing Day fox hunt, and its wary moments when Elsie learns the stories of Jack Frost and the ghostly and terrifying Black Shuck that haunts the coastline and countryside of East Anglia.
Includes some authentic World War 2 recipes.
Robbie also writes as Robbie Cheadle
The Sir Chocolate books are a delightful marriage of story, verse and cookery
… a perfect recipe for sharing with children. Silly Willy goes to Cape Town tells the adventures of two very different brothers…and includes five party cake ideas.
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