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Mordechaj Maisel in Prague´s Jewish Town

Tomb of Mordechai Maisel

We have seen a number of Jewish buildings and monuments during our walks in the Old Town. The most of them are inherently connected with the name of Mordechaj Maisel. He was a very important person who not only contributed to the prosperity of the Jewish community but he also was the court Jew of the Emperor Rudolph II.

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The origins Jewish scholar - illustrative picture
Mordechaj ben Šemuel Maisel was born in 1528. He became unforgettable as one of the most significant personalities in the history of Prague´s and Czech Jewish community. Maisel was coming from a family which settled down in Prague probably in the 15th century already. Step by step the little Jewish boy became a very successful trader and banker. These professions helped him gain big property soon. Many of the Czech noblemen and members of the royal dynasty belonged to his clients. After some time Mordechaj managed to work up in the courtyard of the Emperor Rudolph II. where he became his „court Jew.“ This status was manifested by granting many privileges for which Maisel let money to the sovereign. One of the privileges was for instance horse-riding which was forbidden to the other Jews. He held many important offices in the Jewish community. Beside being a long-term member of the Jewish presbyterate, he later became the primate of the Prague´s Jewish Town.

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Prosperity of the Jewish community Maisel Synagogue
Mordechaj Maisel contributed to the greatest prosperity of the Jewish community not only in Prague but also in Bohemia. The development of the Prague´s ghetto was his credit. He also provided financial means for several Prague synagogues, especially for the construction of the High and Maisel Synagogues. He further built the Jewish Townhall, the hospital, a number of study halls where later one of the most significant Jewish representatives – rabi Löw – was operating. Also the school, hospital and a poorhouse were built from Mahel´s money.

Conclusion The tomb of Mordechai Maisel
Mordechaj Maisel helped greatly to encrease level of living of the ghetto, develop the culture and the whole society. Thank to his financial support the whole town was flourishing. New buildings were raising which served to the general public. sloužili He further charged for the paving of the streets of the whole Jewish town. Židovských He lent money to the Jewish residents and he covered the costs for all necessary constructions and reparations. Mordechaj Maisel, one of the most important characters of the Prague´s Jewish community remained heirless, therefore after his death all his property fell to the Emperor Rudolph II.

Basic description:
Mordechaj Maisel: a significant historical personality of the Jewish community. He was notably active in development of the Jewish community and he gained many awards during his life. Further he became the court Jew of the Emperor Rudolph II.

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GENERAL INFORMATION ON JUDAISM:

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Life in the name of the Torah 
Jewish traditions and customs

Meaning of „Kosher“
Synagogue
Jewish prayer 
Mordechai Maisel

Rabi Löw
Franz Kafka 
Noted Jewish Personalities
 
Legend of Prague´s Golem

History of the Jewish inhabitants in the Czech lands
Sanitation of the Jewish ghetto

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Map of the Old Jewish Town- Josefov  in Prague:

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Pinkasova synagoga: 50.089283, 14.417005
Starý židovský hřbitov: 50.088983, 14.417166
Maiselova synagoga: 50.088781, 14.418677
Obřadní síň - budova pražského Pohřebního bratrstva: 50.090037, 14.417031
Staronová synagoga: 50.089926, 14.418488
Klausová synagoga: 50.090350, 14.421120
Vysoká synagoga a židovská radnice: 50.089971, 14.418582
Španělská synagoga: 50.090209, 14.421019
Jewish Museum in Prague (Židovské muzeum): 50.090649, 14.420930

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MAIN MONUMENTS OF THE PRAGUE OLD JEWISH TOWN:

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Prague Jewish Town – Josefov (Pražské židovské město)
Maisel Synagogue (Maiselova synagoga)
Pinkas Synagogue (Pinkasova synagoga)
Old Jewish Cemetery (Starý Židovský Hřbitov)
Klausen Synagogue (Klausová synagoga)
Jewish Ceremonial Hall – building of Prague Burial Society
Old New Synagogue (Staronová Synagoga)
Jewish Town Hall (Židovská radnice)
High Synagogue (Vysoká synagoga) 
Spanish Synagogue (Španělská synagoga)
Jewish Museum (Židovské muzeum)

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Map of the other Jewish Monuments in Prague:

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Židovské památky mimo cetrum: 50.087371, 14.420820

Jubilee Synagogue in Jerusalem Street (Jubilejní synagoga v Jerusalémské ulici)
The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague´s Žižkov(Starý židovský hřbitov na Žižkově)
New Jewish Cemetery (Nový židovský hřbitov)
Smíchov Synagogue (Smíchovská synagoga)
Old Jewish Cemetery in Smíchov
(Starý židovský hřbitov na Smíchově)

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