Synagogues Sustained Judaism

“The synagogue was Jerusalem in exile, a country of the mind, the place where the prayers of a scattered people met and temporarily reunited them across time and space. The bet knesset was the home of a homeless nation, the centre of its collective life, and when the Second Temple was destroyed, it sustained them as a nation through the longest exile any people has ever suffered and survived.”

Radical Then, Radical Now, Chapter 11