|Kazimierz Dolny market|
|Church Street in Chodel|
Driving further south to the region called Galicia, we nibbled on rooster bread and our snack food until we arrived in Lezajsk (the Yiddish pronunciation is Lizhensk – that may not be any easier to say). This is a town known for its brewery and for its important Jewish pilgrimage site. Guess which one we visited? Our goal was to find the mausoleum housing the remains of one of the founders of Hasidism. Hasidism is a kind of Orthodox Judaism in which a charismatic spiritual leader known as a tzadik (Hebrew for “righteous one”) leads his followers in Jewish worship, rituals, and religious singing and dancing. The tzadik’s devotees believe in his power while he is alive and even after death. Hasidic Jews from all over the world travel to pray at the grave of Elimelech of Lizhensk. We visited the tomb, where a man was praying, and then went to the home of the caretakers, who are Hasidic Jews from Israel. They house and feed the many pilgrims, so they gave us coffee, cookies, and cake to eat while our professors taught us more about the town’s history.
|LeeAnn, Avital, Donna, Darik,|
Miri, and Donal in Rzeszow