The pathways of the Jewish Quarter

Although the Ramban Synagogue, located in the Jewish Quarter, is identified with the one built by Ramban, it is a misnomer.

By BATSHEVA POMERANTZ
July 14, 2017 17:33
The Menahem Zion Synagogue

The Menahem Zion Synagogue is said to have been built on the ruins of the Ashkenazi synagogue of Rabbi Yehuda Hehassid and the Shelah. (photo credit: ELAD ZAGMAN)

 
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Compact in size, the Jewish Quarter is steeped in history. Ramban (Nahmanides), a leading medieval Spanish Jewish scholar, biblical commentator and kabbalist, practiced what he preached. In 1267, at the age of 73, he made aliya. He arrived in Jerusalem and encountered a desolate city, a faint echo of its glorious past.

During his short stay in Jerusalem, he built a synagogue. Although the Ramban Synagogue, located in the Jewish Quarter, is identified with the one built by Ramban, it is a misnomer. Historians claim that there is no documentation verifying that this structure was connected to Ramban. The earliest documentation on this structure dates to the 14th or 15th century. Historical sources point out that the Jewish neighborhood at the time of Ramban’s aliya was in the area of Mount Zion.

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