Talk:Old New Synagogue

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Hitler's museum[edit]

I had heard that, during World War II, Hitler planned to make this synagogue into a museum describing the history of Jews in Europe (which he of course intended to put an end to). Does anyone else know anything about this? --Jfruh 14:47, 30 August 2005 (UTC)

  • This synagogue would have been too small to hold much of a museum by itself. There is an interesting discussion at [1] which says that there already was a Jewish Museum in Prague before the war, and that a member of the Jewish community proposed that the museum house Jewish ritual object confiscated by the Nazis and that Hitler liked the idea as a museum to an "extinct race." The present Jewish Museum in Prague is housed in several former synagogues and has a very large collection of ritual objects. They both beautiful and very sad, when you realized the collection amounts to a census of destroyed communities. One exhibit burned into my memory is a large WW-II-era crate filled with tefilin. --agr 19:01, 30 August 2005 (UTC)

According to the Lonely Planet guidebook for Czech & Slovak Republics (2007 Ed.), the entire Jewish neighborhood was meant to be a "Museum of an Extinct Race" --thus they spared the neighborhood and its historic buildings. --Bobak 19:49, 20 July 2007 (UTC)

verifiable source for LEGEND? of Golem[edit]

how exactelly you find " verifiable source " for legend? Just read article about Golem of Prague. (talk) 05:41, 29 January 2008 (UTC)

The Jews certainly did a good job of giving the legend more credibility by removing the stairs which led to the attic. That just encourages more weirdos to try to get in. 13:48, 10 November 2008 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Worldruler20 (talkcontribs)

I came across this legend in an old book "On the Kabbalah and its symbolism" (page 203)By G. G. Scholem. It is clearly a "true" legend, if that means anything (talk) 23:14, 13 January 2009 (UTC)

Women's Synagogue[edit]

I had read that the Altneushul had a room where women worshiped separately, led by a female cantor. Can anyone expand on this? (talk) 03:23, 18 March 2009 (UTC)

There is actually aron hakodesh in the room for women (called "weibershil" in Yidish). Although it could be used by women, I think this is unlikely. My explanation is, this part of the synagogue was used in winter, because it was easier to heat it up. AsiBakshish 03:01, 30 August 2010 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by AsiBakshish (talkcontribs)

Altneuschul-Old New Synagogue[edit]

I am a student of Jewish History and in the scholarly literature on the topic it is usually referred to as the Altneuschul. I was wondering if it would be okay to add the name Altneuschul to the page title? --Nbsiegel22 (talk) 19:11, 22 July 2015 (UTC)