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The King visits Bayt Dakira, a space for the preservation of Judeo-Moroccan memory

Written by FDM

HM King Mohammed VI,  visited on Wednesday, January 15th, in the old medina of Essaouira, “Bayt Dakira”, a spiritual and patrimonial space for the preservation and enhancement of the Judeo-Moroccan memory, unique of its kind in the southern Mediterranean and in the land of Islam.

“Bayt Dakira” is a spiritual and cultural heritage space for the preservation and enhancement of the Judeo-Moroccan memory. After restoration work, it has become home to the “Slat Attia” Synagogue, the house of memory and history  “Bayt Dakira”,  as well as the International Research Center Haim and Célia Zafrani on the history of Relations between Judaism and Islam.

The King’s visit to this edifice reflects the special interest that HM, attaches to the cultural and religious heritage of the Moroccan Jewish community, and his permanent desire to preserve the richness and diversity of the spiritual components of the Kingdom and its authentic heritage.

Having for center of gravity the Synagogue “Slat Attia”, Bayt Dakira is a place of memory which tells by objects, texts, photo and film the exceptional saga of Judaism in the city of Essaouira and its heritages: from tea ceremonial to Hebrew poetic art, from the gold and silver crafts to the embroidery on sumptuous caftans, from cultural arts to literature and rituals from the synagogue to the big trading posts which made Mogador’s influence in the 18th and 19th century.

“Bayt Dakira”, which presents and explains all the passages of Jewish life in Essaouira, from birth to death and from Bar Mitzvah to marriage, is also a place of education thanks to the Haim and Célia Zafrani Research Center on history of the Relations between Judaism and Islam, which constitutes a space for exchange between researchers from various horizons and a space for sharing, transmission, and resistance to amnesia.

(With MAP)