Wednesday, July 29, 2020

POTD: Ben Ezra Synagogue

From 2019 11 18 Old Cairo

Today's photo-of-the-day is of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo, Egypt. According to legend, it's located on the site where the baby Moses was found in a basket on the banks of the Nile River. "Egypt's Jewish community is at the end of a dramatic decline, from about 80,000 people in the 1920s to less than a dozen of Egyptian ancestry now residing in Cairo. Accordingly, the Ben Ezra Synagogue functions now as a tourist attraction and museum, rather than as a functioning congregation."


thclear said...

Cats have some kind of hold over you? Are they not revered there?

Mark Steger said...

Commenting rules say, "please, please, please put your name in your comment."

And no, cats have no hold over me. No hold at all. This is probably the only cat photo you'll see here. But you are right that cats were treasured pets in ancient Egypt. I don't know about today.