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Synagogue or Great Synagogue in Budapest is the largest synagogue in Europe and the second largest in the world. It seats 3,000 people and is a centre of Neolog Judaism.

A long time had passed in the life of the people of Israel till the synagogue became the scene of worship. After the Exodus from Egypt (in around 1250 B. C.) they built a tabernacle where their sacrifices could be offered. The Book of Exodus (Chapter 27) describes the divine orders which served as a basis for building the sanctuary in the wilderness. Following the conquest, a tabernacle was built in Shiloh and became the scene of the daily services.sor.

After David

had occupied Jerusalem, the opportunity occurred for his son, Solomon, to erect the first Temple, which was to become the centre of, and a symbol for the Jewish religion. Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon destroyed the Temple in 568 B. C. and took the people of Israel into exile for several decades.

After the returning

of the Jews to their homeland, the Temple was rebuilt and used up to the war against the Romans (70 A. D). At that time the legions of Titus demolished the centre of the religion forever and compelled the people of Israel into the Diaspora, believing that the destruction of the sacrificial cult would abolish Jewry itself.



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