Re: a question on Jewish Cemetery of Worms #germany


geo_lamb@...
 

Good evening,
Direction of tombstones in european Jewish cemeteries is often east, but not allways. It can be south, direction of the mediterranean see which was the normal  route to go to Israël. It is north in the main cimeteries in Strasbourg (Cronenbourg and Königshoffen) for a reason I do'nt remember; In Fegersheim, graves were oriented in the direction of the access door... to avoid climbing the walls for the resurrected people! And as the access road changed 3 times, so does the door and the graves! Even the synagogues in the middle ages were not allways oriented to Jerusalem direction. As God is present everywhere, orienting synagogue to the west direction was seen for some rabbis as a proof of trust in God (see Krautheimer, 1928)!
Jean-Pierre Lambert, past président of the historical society of the Jews in alsace-Lorraine  geo_lamb@...

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