Friday, August 15, 2008

Prayers amid the Bustle

In the midst of the Mahane Yehuda shuk (open-air market) is a small synagogue known as Bet Zevul. If you happen to be doing your shopping and need to recite minha (the afternoon prayer), here’s your chance!

Prayer is an informal event here, a part of life rather than apart from it.

The synagogue in the shuk

The worshippers have reached the modim (thanksgiving) section of the afternoon service. The prayer leader is bowing, while the congregants are standing:

The synagogue in the shuk

Yes, the synagogue is right in the midst of the market, with all its activity:

The synagogue in the shuk: long view

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