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The Remah Synagogue, is named after Rabbi Moses Isserles c.1525–1572, known by the Hebrew acronym ReMA

The Remah Synagogue, (Polish: Synagoga Remuh),[1] 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. Remah Synagogue is the smallest of all historic synagogues of the Kazimierz district of Kraków. It is currently one of two active synagogues in the city.

According 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 that 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.


The Remah Synagogue was built in Kazimierz, then a suburban village outside Kraków, located on the right bank of the Vistula River, immediately to the south of the Royal Castle on the Wawel Hill. Kazimierz had a Jewish community since the late 15th century, transferred from the budding Old Town by King Jan I Olbracht following a fire in 1495. It soon became the main Jewish neighborhood in the region and one of the largest Jewish communities in Poland. Originally called the "New Synagogue" to distinguish it from the Old Synagogue, (Stara Bożnica), the Remah Synagogue was built in 1553 at the edge of a newly established Jewish cemetery (today known as the "Old Cemetery") on land owned by Israel ben Josef. This date is stated clearly on the foundation tablet. Nevertheless, the royal permission by King Sigismund II Augustus of Poland was obtained in November 1556, after long opposition from the Church. As it is hard to believe that the construction actually began without the royal permission, the inscription should therefore be understood as possibly referring to the date when the decision to build a second synagogue in Kazimierz was taken by its founder. The first building of the synagogue, probably a wooden structure, was destroyed in a fire in April 1557, but following a new permission granted by King Sigismund II Augustus, a second building of masonry was erected in place in 1557 after the plans of Stanisław Baranek, a Kraków architect. The original late Renaissance style edifice underwent a number of changes during the 17th and the 18th centuries. The current building traces its design to the restoration work of 1829, to which some technical improvements were introduced during the restoration of 1933 conducted under the supervision of the architect Herman Gutman. During the Holocaust, the synagogue was sequestered by the German Trust Office (Treuhandstelle) and served as a storehouse of firefighting equipment, having been despoiled of its valuable ceremonial objects and historic furbishing, including the bimah. However, the building itself was not destroyed. In 1957, thanks to the efforts of the local Jewish community and of Akiva Kahane, the Joint Distribution Committee representative in Poland, the Remuh Synagogue underwent a major restoration that reestablished much of the pre-war appearance of the interior.[1]

Interior Aron Hakodesh

The entrance to the synagogue courtyard is located at 40 Szeroka St. (previously also known as Main Street) at the heart of the historic Jewish quarter of Kazimierz. Above the gate is an arch with the Hebrew inscription: "The new synagogue of the ReMA, of blessed memory" The courtyard walls carry inscriptions in memory of the Jews of Kraków who perished in the Holocaust. The main room of the synagogue is accessed through a small entrance hall on the north side of the building next to a separate entrance to the women's section. It has white painted limestone walls with large round headed windows in the north and south sides and lunettes on the east and west sides. A number of chandeliers, some standing, and others hanging from the ceiling contribute to the bright and airy atmosphere of the interior.[2]

The interior

The prayer hall features a centrally situated rectangular bimah with a reconstructed wrought-iron enclosure that has two entrances, one displaying an 18th-century polychrome double door coming from a destroyed synagogue outside Kraków. The bimah door is decorated with a crowned menorah in gilded bas-reliefs whose style appears to have been inspired by the popular art of the region. The late Renaissance style Holy Ark has an Art Nouveau door, above which there are Hebrew inscriptions from the Bible. Although the synagogue has been rebuilt many times, this is the original feature, carved in 1558.[2] A ner tamid with the Hebrew inscription "An eternal flame for the soul of ReMA, of blessed memory" is situated at the left side of the Holy Ark, while at its right a reconstructed plaque commemorates the place where Rabbi Moshe Isserles used to pray. One of the chairs on the eastern wall is reserved in his honor. The foundation tablet has been preserved near the southern wall. A clock presented by Chaim Herzog, the sixth President of Israel, during his visit to the synagogue in 1992 is one of the latest additions. The women's section was originally located on the first floor of a wooden structure connected to the northern wall of the synagogue. It has since undergone major restorations and the present women's gallery is adjacent to the northern wall of the praying hall.[2]

The Old Jewish Cemetery in Krakow is located next to the synagogue.

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Peace with Islam: The disquieting truth by Victor Sharpe

"Even if Israel shrank to one downtown city block in Tel Aviv, the Arab and Muslim world would still not truly recognize a Jewish state or agree to live with it in peace and harmony."

"Much of the Islamic world now feels empowered, as perhaps never before, to seek global domination. This is the tangible and growing threat to the world; not man-made global warming."

"What we have witnessed for far too long are Israeli and some world leaders constantly making endless concessions to the deceitful leaders of the terrorist crime family known as the Palestinian Authority."

"Wherever the Muslim foot has once trod triumphal, that territory is forever regarded by them as Islamic. If such territory is lost to Muslims, then Allah has been diminished and the land must be retaken, however long it takes. Peace, then, is merely a mirage in the desert sands."

In 2008 I wrote an article titled: "Forget Waiting for Peace."

It is heartbreaking to look back now, in this year 2019, at what I feared would unfold for Israel those eleven long years ago.

The reality of what I have been writing and warning about for so long is now even more stark today as Muslim Arabs, those who call themselves Palestinians, gleefully engage in an orgy of hate and murder against their Jewish victims throughout the towns and villages of Israel.

Endless concessions to them by Israel over so many wasted years has emboldened them, so that now even Jewish holy places are being claimed as Islamic. The very Western Wall of the ancient Jewish Temple on Jerusalem's Temple Mount is outrageously and falsely claimed as a Muslim religious site.

Biblical Jewish holy sites are burned down, as was Joseph's tomb recently by a Muslim mob in Nablus, or what was Biblical Jewish Shechem, now occupied by the Palestinian Authority. And, of course, deafening silence towards these atrocities is the dreary order of the day from a morally compromised world and a left leaning corrupt media.

In a Satanic decision by UNESCO, (the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) an infamous resolution was passed listing as Muslim sites the Jewish Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, the burial place of the Jewish Biblical patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, along with Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem.

Just as I wrote in 2008, Islam will never accept Israel unless Islamic theology and ideology undergoes a reformation; but it cannot do so and still be called Islam.

That said, there is no future for the Jewish state if it believes that the Muslim world will ever accept it in a true and lasting peace. What madness imprisons the minds of so many Israeli and world leaders that they shrink from effectively ending this Jew hating pestilence from without and within the Jewish homeland.

Israel has to accept the dismal fact that it cannot ever have peaceful Muslim neighbors who will not at every opportunity wish to destroy it. Israel must continue to prosper and thrive as a state in the knowledge that it can never let down its guard just as it withstood its fierce pagan neighbors in Biblical times.

Even with an Arab sword of Damocles hanging over it, Israel can survive and grow. Though the Jewish state yearns for peace, as all other civilized societies do, this very external threat can be turned to great advantage militarily, politically, spiritually, socially, scientifically and economically.

Nothing keeps internal divisions at bay more than when the barbarians are at the gate. But do not let them exist as barbarians within the gate.

Since the great Zionist leaders of the likes of Theodor Herzl, Vladimir Ze'ev Jabotinsky, Menachem Begin and Yitzchak Shamir passed from the scene, there had been a long and depressing parade of weak Israeli leaders and politicians who brought needless disaster down upon the state. Prime Minister, Netanyahu, though a disappointment to some in many respects, may yet be the leader who finds the clarity of vision to finally contain both the internal and external perils from resurgent and supremacist Islam.

Too many Israeli Prime Ministers were resistant to accepting the awful truth that even if Israel shrank to one downtown city block in Tel Aviv, the Arab and Muslim world would still not recognize a Jewish state or agree to live with it in peace and harmony.

Why would it not? The answer to that question is Islam itself.

True peace can never be achieved between Muslim and non-Muslim nations. Islam mandates the faithful to spread their religion through territorial conquest and forced conversion or, as in the case of Israel, by reclaiming what Muslims believe they have lost.

And those hapless non-Muslim peoples, Jews, Christians, Hindus and others who fell or have fallen under Islamic occupation live as dhimmis; third class and persecuted citizens forced to pay an onerous tax called the jizya if they wish to survive.

With what has descended like a terrible plague upon Western Europe and has begun infiltrating the United States and Canada, thanks to Barack Hussein Obama and Justin Trudeau, perhaps it would be wise to read another article and warning of mine from several years ago: Dhimmitude for Dummies.

The tragedy is that no possibility exists whatsoever in any attempt, past, present or future, at reconciliation with Islam or its adherents by members of other faiths or ideologies.

That is why Israeli concessions and attempts to make peace with the Holocaust denying Mahmoud Abbas and the overwhelmingly Muslim Palestinian Arabs who are indoctrinated to Jew hatred from birth is doomed to failure and merely imperils Israel's survival. Ecumenical parleys with imams are doomed to failure and are exercises in utter futility. Non-Muslims should learn what the Arabic word, taqiyyah, implies and means. Accordingly, the world should beware believing in true peace with the Taliban or the mad mullahs in Iran.

Even though the native and indigenous peoples of Israel are the Jews, and even if the Land of Israel was given to the Jewish people nearly 4,000 years ago in an eternal covenant with God, it does not matter to Islam, for wherever the Muslim foot has once trod triumphal, that territory is forever regarded by them as Islamic. If such territory is lost to Muslims, then Allah has been diminished and the land must be retaken however long it takes. Peace, then, is merely a mirage in the desert sands.

World leaders fail to understand the Muslim mindset, or ignore it if it feeds their own anti-Semitism. Israeli leaders, who of all people should know better, still fall into the fatal trap of believing that the Western model of lasting peace between nation-states can equally apply in the Middle East between Muslim and non-Muslim nations. It is a fatal fallacy.

The conflict between Israel and the Arabs in general, and between Israel and those who call themselves Palestinians in particular, is not territorial. It is theological and ideological. It is part of the existential conflict that has existed between Islam and the rest of the world since the 7th century.

Much of the Islamic world now feels empowered, as perhaps never before, to seek global domination with renewed vigor. This is the tangible, real, and growing threat to the world; not manmade global warming.

The policies of the Jewish state must be ordered within the recognition of that reality; somber and depressing as it may be.

But only when world leaders understand the nature of Islam's theological rejection of a genuine and irrevocable peace with Israel, and Israeli leaders realize the uselessness, nay, treason, of trading tangible and ancestral Biblical land for a delusional peace, will a long and overdue realism finally enter the conflict.

What we have witnessed for far too long are Israeli leaders constantly making endless concession to the deceitful leaders of the terrorist crime family known as the Palestinian Authority.

Mahmoud Abbas, the successor to the execrable arch-terrorist, Yasser Arafat, is a miserable terrorist in a suit whose crimes should place him beyond the pale for every Israeli and world leader.

This self-proclaimed President of the Palestinian Authority and Chairman of the PLO, is interested only in taking whatever he can from foolish Israeli leaders and giving nothing, absolutely nothing, in return, because as a Muslim he is not permitted to make peace with non-Muslims. Period.

Yet so many liberal and left-wing Jews and Christians remain infuriatingly blind to this simple fact. What abject fools they truly are.

Just as in 2008, when I warned about the delusion of ever finding peace with Islam, so also in 2009 I wrote a published article reminding readers at that time that there had already been a Two State Solution carried out some 87 years earlier. That historic reality negates the forced creation of a second Arab state within the geographical and non-state territory once known as Palestine.

Israeli leaders must look to the Torah (the first five books of the Bible) and into their own people's Biblical history in the Tanach (the Hebrew Bible).They must see again the nature of their enemies as spelled out in crystal clarity by the Almighty through the words of the Jewish prophet Jeremiah:

"They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious, saying, 'Peace, peace,' but there is no peace. We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of health, and behold trouble."

I think of the disasters that leftist Israeli leaders like Rabin, Peres and Yossi Beilin have brought upon the Jewish state. Beilin was the architect of the Oslo Peace Accords, which we now more accurately call the Oslo War.

The premise of those failed accords, which have inflicted terrible death and suffering on thousands of Israelis, was that Israel accept that its ancestral and Biblical lands could be given away to implacable Muslim Arab enemies in order to make them peaceful and accept what was left of the Jewish state.

The Midrash, which includes rabbinic interpretations of Biblical passages, teaches that the Jewish people are like a sheep among seventy wolves. Only the great Shepherd (The One and Only God, invisible and indivisible) can protect them from all of their enemies.

Jews are instructed to do what they can to defend themselves. But at this time it seems that no present or recent Israeli government has been able to truly fulfill the task of effectively protecting the residents of Israel or of permanently removing from their midst this modern day existential threat of Amalek.

It was the prophet Joel who reminded his fellow Jews millennia ago that the Covenanted land must never be given away, for as he said:

"In those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment against them concerning My inheritance, My people Israel, for they scattered My people among the nations and divided up My land."

Joel, speaking God's words, then proclaimed:

"The Lord will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; the earth and the sky will tremble. But the Lord God will be a refuge for His people, a stronghold for the people of Israel."

Meanwhile, a hostile world should take note of the words enshrined in Genesis Chapter 12; verse 3.

Victor Sharpe has been a broadcaster and is a prolific freelance writer with many published articles in conservative websites. He is the author of several published books including the acclaimed four volume work, Politicide: The attempted murder of the Jewish state.

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