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Published: October 31st 2010
We have a friend who was a CAT student in the seminary several years ago who we had lost touch with. We had not heard from her since she was a CAT. This year Nancy was given the joy of contacting the part-time female advanced degree students, asking about their concerns or areas where they need help or advice. Several days later we received an e-mail from her giving us greetings. To our surprise she informed us that she is living and working in Prague and was married in August. Her husband is a world class violin virtuoso. She invited us to attend a solo concert he was giving at the Spanish Synagogue the next week.
We were very excited to think we could see her again and delighted with that invitation! Of course we accepted. We met her 30 minutes before the concert outside the synagogue. We didn't stop talking until the concert began! The Spanish Synagogue is one of the loveliest buildings we have ever visited. It is simply breathtaking and is advertised as the most beautiful synagogue in Europe. I, for one, would never argue with that assertion. So, it is worth a visit even
when there is not a concert. But that night was very special - lovely building wonderful music good friends
I was going to be a good boy and not take any photos inside the building. I knew this was discouraged and there were signs indicating that no photos were to be taken. However, I saw almost everyone in the audience was taking photos. I yielded to temptation and decided that I also would take several. I hope my 'sin' will encourage many of you who read this blog to come to Prague, pay your fee to the Jewish Museum and visit not only this synagogue but the entire museum which consists of a number of wonderful buildings and synagogues with excellent displays.
The concert was wonderful. He not only played famous pieces for the violin but also some of his own compositions which were of very high quality. He was so much inside the music that his physical body seemed to be transported to another realm. To my ears he was absolutely head and shoulders better than any other violinist I have heard in the past. He deserves to become world famous and I sincerely hope he
Look at the design, how many Stars of David can you see?
After the concert we talked with him for a few minutes. He was exhausted! He had given two concerts in two days and was going to give another one the next day in another location. We hope we can meet again when he is not totally exhausted. We would love to hear more of his life story.
During the concert both of us had noticed how his new wife, our friend, sat in wonder watching and listening with a beautiful smile on her face. It was so good to be with an 'old' friend to know of her life and her new marriage and to witness her happiness and joy.
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