From Tuesday, July 14: Bykhaw, Belarus
I took the first step into the majestic 400-year old stone synagogue in Bykhaw, Belarus. Sickening smells of death filled my nostrils. Feeling drawn to the center of the ancient house of prayer, I lifted my head to look at the top of the synagogue. I was startled by a pigeon that descended down from the dome. There were dozens of pigeons and sparrows living in this abandoned stone fortress! Although Jews no longer seek protection in this building for prayer or shelter, I felt comforted knowing that the structure was still sustaining life.
|Standing inside the stone synagogue.|
|Standing underneath the cement window with the faded Star of David.|
|Outside view of the synagogue.|