Jerusalem - Blogger Does Extensive Video Tour Of Jerusalem's Belz Synagogue
Jerusalem - An impressive edifice in the Jerusalem skyline, it is hard not to notice the magnificent structure of the Belz Great Synagogue located in Kiryat Belz. But while countless visitors to Jerusalem have seen the outside of the replica of the original Shul built by the first Belzer Rebbe in 1834, a much smaller percentage have had the opportunity to tour Israel’s largest synagogue, an architectural marvel with state of the art acoustics with a seating capacity of over 8,000.
Construction of the synagogue was a fifteen year process, the identical amount of time it took to complete the original shul in the Ukraine. The centerpiece of the shul is an eighteen ton hand-carved, Brazilian walnut aron kodesh, measuring more than thirty nine feet high and capable of holding seventy sifrei Torah.
In a fascinating look inside the Belz Synagogue, Belz representative Rabbi Yechezkel Friedman takes blogger Elder of Ziyon on an exclusive video tour of the one of a kind structure.
“The shul is literally awe-inspiring,” Edler of Ziyon told VIN News. “Not only is it a remarkable architectural and artistic achievement, but the forethought that went into the building and each room inside is amazing, both on the spiritual and the practical sides. Everything is designed to enhance one’s closeness to Hashem and to minimize distractions and wasting time, whether it is to place an appropriate number of washing stations or to calculate how many exits there would be to the building. To do that on such a large scale is remarkable.”
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