Within walking distance from the downtown "diamond" peddlers, is St Thomas Synagogue. The island was partially settled by Jewish immigrants looking for a place to live peacefully. We toured it without any guide and viewed the video. It is a heart rendering story of trials and victories over tyranny and the hardships that island life renders. The building is beautiful in a simple but affirmative way with the dirt floor which is a symbol of when they had to hide their religious beliefs from those that would butcher them. The sand floor muffled their prayers in the basements as they had to live as Christians above ground or else pay the price for their beliefs with their lives to the Spanish. Why is religion so cruel? I haven't a clue. Wood benches and individual areas separate the men from women as tradition and it is an excellent way to get a glimpse of what these people and their religion is about. There is a spiritual presence there that cannot be denied. L'Chaim to all of you.
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