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A synagogue is a Jewish house of prayer.


The Spanish Synagogue in Prague.
1 Samuel 2:6 on a synagogue in Holešov, Czech Republic: "[HaShem] deals death and gives life, casts down into Sheol and raises up."
  • Nathless the sacred shrine is holy yet,
    With its lone floors where reverent feet once trod.
    Take off your shoes as by the burning bush,
    Before the mystery of death and God.
  • To go to the synagogue with one's father on the Passover eve - is there in the world a greater pleasure than that? What is it worth to be dressed in new clothes from head to foot, and to show off before one's friends? Then the prayers themselves - the first Festival evening prayer and blessing.
  • Once on a time, years ago, I was happy in the little old synagogue; I remember that I felt happy without an end—without a limit! Here, in the little synagogue, years ago, my childish soul swept about with the angels I imagined were flying around the carved wings of the Holy Ark. Here, in the little synagogue, once on a time, with my father and all the other Jews, I prayed earnestly. And it gave me great pleasure, great satisfaction.
  • One of the profoundest religious changes effected by the synagogue almost immediately upon its establishment twenty-five centuries ago was to bring communion with God directly and easily to the the individual worshiper.
  • I love going to synagogue on Friday night and being swept in the melodies. Everyone seems more friendly and unburdened by the week and ready to be taken elsewhere.
    • Erica Brown
  • One day, a leopard stalked into the synagogue, roaring and lashing its tail. Three weeks later, it had become part of the liturgy.
  • CHRISTUS, reading in the Synagogue.
    The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me.
    He hath anointed me to preach good tidings
    Unto the poor; to heal the broken-hearted;
    To comfort those that mourn, and to throw open
    The prison doors of captives, and proclaim
    The Year Acceptable of the Lord, our God!

Bible, King James Version[edit]

  • They have burned up all the synagogues of God in the land.
    • Psalms 74:8
  • Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: that thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
    • Matthew 6:2-4
  • I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the Temple, whither the Jews always resort.
    • John 18:20
  • I know your works, oppression, and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews, and they are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.
    • Revelations 2:9

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