The world is in shock at the burning down of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The מהר”ם מרוטנבורג authored a קינה that we say on תשעה באב. The קינה begins שאלי שרופה באש and he composed this קינה after the burning of the Talmud in the mid 1200’s in Paris right in front of the Notre Dame. In the קינה he writes ולכן אשרי שישלם לך גמוליך, צורי בלפיד ואש, הלבעבור זה נתנך כי באחריתך תלהט אש בשוליך. Seems like today it was fulfilled ….
The world is in shock at the burning down of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The Maharam of Rothenburg authorized a lament that we […the jews] say on Tisha B’Av. The lamentation begins ”Ask burnt in the fire” and he composed this lamentation after the burning of the Talmud in the mid 1200’s in Paris right in front of the Notre Dame. In the lament he writes, therefore, ‘Blessed is He to pay your rewards, Tzuri […my rock] with flame and fire, for this you shall be blessed, because in your end fire will burn on your fringes’. Seems like today it was fulfilled ….
Day in Jewish History :
1242: France Burns All Known Copies of the Talmud
It all began when an excommunicated Jew shared his complaints about the Talmud with the pope.
The purpose of the Paris disputation was to rid the Jews of their supposed “belief in the Talmud”, in order that they might return to Old Testament Judaism and eventually embrace Christianity.
Image: Statue of Sinagogue on Notre-Dame Paris France. Photo by Toni L. Kamins
Notre Dame Cathedral in the heart of Paris is among the most visited sites on the planet and a splendid example of Gothic architecture.
Each year, millions flock to admire and photograph its flying buttresses and statuary, yet few take any real notice of two prominent female statues on either side of the main entrance. The one on the left is dressed in fine clothing and bathed in light, while the one on the right is disheveled, with a large snake draped over her eyes like a blindfold.
The statues, known as Ecclesia and Sinagoga, respectively, and generally found in juxtaposition, are a common motif in medieval art and represent the Christian theological concept known as supercessionism, whereby the Church is triumphant and the Synagogue defeated. Sinagoga is depicted here with head bowed, broken staff, the tablets of the law slipping from her hand and a fallen crown at her feet. Ecclesia stands upright with crowned head and carries a chalice and a staff adorned with the cross.