Keeping the blessing memory of the “Judería de Sevilla” alive is a way to honor the 4000 Jewish souls who perished due to the massacre of 1391.

La judería de Sevilla nowadays. Photo courtesy of Lajuderiadesevilla.com

Located in the heart of Cordoba, a famous Jewish quarter is, since 1994, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Photo courtesy of la Junta de Andalucía

In Russia, during the tsarist period, the intellectual Jewish struggle was organized in the face of growing state anti-Semitism.

Marc Chagall Synagogue (1917)

Located in the middle of retro-chic Cairo, the Shaar Hashamayim Synagogue (the Gate of Heaven, in Hebrew) attracts attention, takes the breath away, and delights the eye. Heart-like, majestic and charismatic as far as the eye can see. That is the least that can be said of this century-old monument.

Shar Hashamayim. Adly St. by Houda Belabd

In a few days, it will be the Hannukah. An important event, like many others, to illuminate the Synagogue of Meir Enaim. Based in the Maadi district of Cairo, it is one of the five great Judeo-Egyptian symbols, after the Ben Ezra Synagogue, the Shar Hashamayim Synagogue, the Jewry of Old Cairo and the Jewish cemetery of the Bassatines.

Meir Enaim Synagogue © Diarna.org

Ben Ezra is the oldest Jewish temple in all of Egypt. Its combination of Christian architecture, Islamic arabesques, and Israelite carvings is unique, as is its Guenizah (repository of used texts), which houses many manuscripts of priceless historical value.

Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue is the largest Jewish temple in the Middle East outside Israel, located on Nabi-Danial Street in downtown Alexandria, Egypt.

In this dreary time marked by the pandemic and those long evenings spent at home, it is good to (re)discover The Angel, a film that is meant to be a historical-political work with a slight shred of fantasy.

The Angel © Netflix.

With an ounce of perspicacity, the thorniest themes can be dealt with, in filigree, for the duration of a film. Jojo Rabbit is no exception.

One of the film’s cult scenes © Official press release photo

A little more than a century ago, a French citizen quickly became an emblematic figure of the Jewish resistance, having served his nation as a dedicated and unshakable intellectual.

© The city hall of the ninth arrondissement of Paris.

Houda BELABD

Writer @ the Times of Israel. Journalist @ Le Petit Journal de New York. Philatelist. Numismatist. Haikist. Researcher in Judeo-Andalusian cultural legacy.

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