Religion: First in 467 Years

Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year) services were an hour late getting started in Madrid, but nobody seemed to mind. One of the 200 Jews who crowded the third-floor hall off Madrid's Gran Via explained: "We've waited 467 years for this day. A few more minutes won't hurt." At last the congregation, led by younger members bearing the Torah, began the solemn march, chanting the ancient Hebrew prayer: "Praised be the Lord, for He is good and His mercy endureth forever." Then the congregation president lit the "eternal light" (an electric bulb). Occasion: dedication of Madrid's first regular synagogue since 1492, when...

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