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With Joseph Motschmann (L)& Rainer Domke (R)

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Explanations of the plaque details

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The "Marriage Stone"
was used by just-married couples to break a glass of wine against it.
Imagine our gggf Rabbi Leopold STEIN supervising!

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The "Chuppa Stone" [ marriage canopy stone ] on the left depicts a "Magen David" - the 6-pointed Star of David in whose corners are the acronym letters for the wedding ceremony sentence "Kol Sasson ve'kol Simcha, Kol Chatan ve’kol Kala" = the sounds of Joy and happiness, the sounds of the Groom and of the bride".

The use of this stone was in accordance with the Lower Franconia Jewish custom. It was embedded in the north facing wall of the Synagogue, and the wedding glass was smashed against this stone rather than under the heel of the groom as was the custom elsewhere in Judaism.