Parishioners Were on the Sidewalk Crying

Vandals strike Brooklyn Church, Synagogue. Details:  Police at the 68th Precinct were questioning a suspect in connection with a rash of attacks on religious institutions in Bay Ridge discovered early Tuesday morning. Four churches and a prep school were splattered with red paint, according to Police Officer Sophia Tassy-Mason, a spokeswoman for the New York…

Samson Mosaic Excavated in Galilee Synagogue

Monumental synagogue building discovered in excavations in Galilee: A monumental synagogue building dating to the Late Roman period (ca. 4th-5th centuries C.E.) has been discovered in archaeological excavations at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee. The excavations are being conducted by Jodi Magness of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and David Amit and Shua…

Lifting Torah Scrolls

BibleX: The Wall Street Journal online has an interesting article about the challenges of lifting Torah scrolls during synagogue services. You can read it here. I guess I can longer complain about the bulk and the weight of some of the study Bibles that I own!

Synagogues in the Time of Jesus

On the Bible and Interpretation site is the essay: What did a synagogue of Jesus’ time look like? The New Testament gospels contain stories of Jesus visiting synagogues in Galilee.  Sometimes he even he taught in them or read scripture during worship. Unfortunately, the gospels provide few details of what these synagogues looked like. Were they…