Waking Dream

Bolechov Synagogue, courtesy of Bolechow Jewish Heritage Society

“If you are a dreamer, come in.”

– Invitation, by Shel Silverstein

Standing in front of the door, I mustered up the courage to knock. As I was about to do so, I heard a voice from within the building say, “If you are a dreamer, come in.” Instead of knocking, I tried the doorknob. The door was unlocked; I entered into a synagogue, furnished with pews, lamps, an ark for the Torah scroll, and a bimah in the center where the rabbi and cantor were leading a service. I could hardly believe my eyes. I had travelled to Bolekiev, Ukraine from the States, to visit the town where my ancestors had once lived. At that time, the town was Bolechov, Poland, before the end of WW2. Now, instead of finding the caretaker inside of a dilapidated building, as expected, I entered into a world that I had thought vanished a century ago.

Eldridge St. Synagogue, NYC, courtesy of Howie Schnee

Author: Tzvi Fievel

I have B.A.'s in Psychology, and English; and, a certificate in psychophysical re-education; at current, I am exploring my third area of academic interest - ecology. My spiritual journey, through many transitions, culminated in taking the yoke of Heaven upon myself.

4 thoughts on “Waking Dream”

  1. This is absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing with dVerse today. Your words….did you actually travel to this place? I can imagine in my mind….and then to see the photos of the synagogue in NYC and to listen to the cantor here…..all mystical and beautiful. Thank you again for posting.

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    1. No, I’ve never been there; however, I would like to visit. I’ve seen photos of the inside of the synagogue; it’s barren of any distinguishing elements, except for a faded, chipped fresco or two; however, the Bolechow society would like to restore the building for use as a Jewish heritage museum. The Eldridge St. synagogue in the photo was completely restored after being declared a National Historic Landmark; and, I have been there twice.

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