Maghen David

One Cohen gets to see a Synagogue in Calcutta that once had all its priests bearing the surname Cohen. Cohen (Hebrew: כֹּהֵן, kōhēn, "priest") is a Jewish surname of biblical origins. It is a very common Jewish surname, comparable to 'Smith' in an English-language context. Bearing the surname indicates that one's patrilineal ancestors were priests in the Temple of Jerusalem. A single such priest was known as a Kohen, and the hereditary caste descending from these priests is collectively known as the Kohanim. As multiple languages were acquired through the Jewish diaspora, the surname acquired dozens of variants. Being a Kohen imposes some limitations: by Jewish law a Kohen may not marry a divorced woman, and may not marry a proselyte (someone who converted to Judaism). Nor should an observant Kohen come into contact with the dead. An effort to trace whether or not people named 'Cohen' actually have a common genetic origin has been undertaken in the specific DNA signature associated with the name known as the Cohen Modal Haplotype. Source : Wikepedia
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Once Calcutta home to nearly 5000 Jews during World War II now has an estimated 25 Jews remaning in this city of 14 million people. The community prospered when the British were here in Calcutta dealing mostly in silk and indigo. Most left India after its independence in 1947 and migrated to Britain, Australia, United States and to Israel which was established the following year. The magnificent synagouge Maghen David stands witness to this glory. Time kind of stands still here. Discover this and other amazing things on the Culture Kaleidoscope Tour. Incrediblecalcutta CultureKaleidoscopeTour
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