Jewish Prague

Explore with us the history of the Jews in Prague, going back over a thousand years and full of upheavals and contrasts. We will guide you through the former Jewish Ghetto of Prague, a little piece of the Orient in the middle of Europe.

Out of the mists of the past looms Golem, an artificial being, the work of the Prague Maharal Rabbi Löw, who was known as the wisest of the wise, famed for his wisdom throughout Europe, and whose destiny personified that of the Prague Ghetto for nearly a century.

You can almost hear the sound of the wings of the angels who according to the legend brought stones from the Temple in Jerusalem to Prague to build the Old-New Synagogue.
The tombstones of the ancient Jewish cemetery are like pages of a book of poetry, with thousands of human stories engraved in stone in Hebrew. The clock on the Town Hall with its Hebrew symbols and the hands moving backwards still inspires poets today.

The ancient synagogues echo with the prayers of the deeply religious and learned rabbis of the past. Even today you can still hear in them this Old Testament prayer, the profession of faith of the members of the chosen race, encapsulating the quintessence of Judaism:

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord. And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thy heart. (Deut. 6:4-5.)

Some of the wise sayings of Rabbi Löw (1512-1609)

  • God looks after his creatures and they are dear to him.
  • All things are in God and nothing exists without Him…
  • Good can only be recognised through the medium of its opposite. The meaning of our final liberation is only revealed to us when we understand the extent of our banishment.
  • God is willing to communicate his wisdom to human beings if they are willing to listen to him.
  • Truth that has been devised by human beings is of short duration.
  • Perfection is not something that happens on its own, but it is based on fusion with the Creator.