Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Decorous Synagogue, Morocco, ca. 1670s

From Lancelot Addison's popular volume on Moroccan Jews, The Present State of the Jews (London, 1675):

In time of Prayers none are permitted openly to spit, belch yawn, or blow the Nose. All of which they do in great Secrecy in the Synagogue, when they have occasion. Neither may they spit, or any such thing, to the right hand or before them; because of the Angels, which have made those places their Situation in the Synagogue.

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