Wednesday, April 15, 2009

RIP, Avigdor Kara

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He Was Buried in Prague in 1439

Prague was the center of Jewish life in the 16th century, I'm learning from "House of Life...," a documentary on PBS.

Wild to see this show right after reading an article on my favorite Israeli writer. Amos Oz is turning 70 while Avigdor Kara, z"l, the first Jew to be buried in the Prague Jewish cemetary, has been dead for more than 500 years.

They're talking about the Hevra Kadisha now, and then about a half-naked woman carved into the stone of a grave of a Jewish woman; the tour guide speculates that maybe it was because she was childless. "Each stone is like the page of a book," says another guide, and I like that idea -- of gravestones as life-stories.

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