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Kenesa, Trakai

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  • In the city there is a quarter with old, yellow wooden houses. Here live Karäer, a Jewish community that recognizes only the Old Testament and not the Talmud. Nearly 400 karäers were abducted from Crimea to Lithuania by Grand Prince Vitautas in the 14th century and had to work for the farm here. Visit my travel website toeightycountries.com find out more about Vilnius and Lithuania.
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  • The building, as well as other prayer houses of the Karaites (and synagogues, for the most part) is nothing. But the history of the Karaites and their appearance in Lithuania is very interesting. Book a tour from Vilnius, there are good guides, listen is very interesting.
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  • Interesting and unbelievable history with amazing evidences, like as this Kenesa
  • The turn of 14th and 15th centuries lithuanian Grand Duke Vytautas (Witold) resettled a number of Karaite families from the Crimea for his guard purposes and granted them various privileges. A small community remains there to this day, which has preserved its language, distinctive customs. Their religion of Karaites is the reformed version of Judaism. Kenesa is the term for an East European Karaite synagogue. Karaite kenesa contains: Vestibule (azar), where worshipers take off their shoes. Moshav Zekenim (מושב זקנים, old men's pews): wooden benches for the old and the mourners, usually under a low ceiling. The loft above this ceiling is reserved for the women, who remain invisible to the men on the main floor. Shulkhan (שולחן‎ "table"): the main hall. Traditional Karaite worship was performed on the knees. In the past, kenesa floors were carpeted; however, modern Karaite kenesas have pews in the main hall. Hekhal, or altar (היכל): raised stand for the ritual Ark and the priest.
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