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It would not be correct to continue precisely on a Saturday the series on the Creation, as the seventh day is to be spent in rest and pray (and shopping nowadays).

So it's appropriate to post today a shot of a synagogue. The most beautiful synagogues today are located in Central and Eastern Europe, but they are generally located in a busy urban context, and in addition you have to be lucky to have a nice sky and light there.

This one is located in the tiny village of Mazkeret Batia (pop. 7,500), about 30 km from Tel Aviv. This village was founded in 1883, by pioneers from present day Belarus, in a venture originated after the pogroms of 1881-2, and supported by the philanthropist Baron Edmond de Rothschild.

The town's name, Mazkeret Batia, means "Betty's Souvenir", after the Baron's mother - Betty (Batia).

The synagogue, in eclectic style, combines a fort-like look with religious elements in the facade.

The blue sky is a creation of the Lord, no polarizer or PP.

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