On the ceiling of the main synagogue of Florence, Italy, is a Star of David with a Hebrew inscription inside it (below). It looks like mem kaf bet heh. What does it mean and why is it there? enter image description here

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    I assume מי כמכה באלים ה
    – Joel K
    Nov 28, 2023 at 14:08
  • Does the synagogue have a website? Did you try emailing them?
    – Double AA
    Nov 28, 2023 at 15:18

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Good guess @Joel K and thanks for the suggestion, @Double AA. Here is their answer. There was a second inscription, which I didn't notice (ceiling too high!):

Gentile Maurice, grazie mille per la Sua mail. In una iscrizione c'è scritto MI KAMOCHA BAELIM HASHEM, “chi è come Te tra gli dei o Signore”. Nell'altra c'è scritto MI KAMOCHA NEEDAR BAKODESH, “chi è come Te circondato di santità”. Un saluto Giacomo

Sinagoga e Museo ebraico di Firenze Informazioni e prenotazioni Via Tevere, 14 - 50019 Osmannoro Sesto F.no (FI) T + 39 055290383 www.jewishflorence.it www.operalaboratori.com


Dear Maurice, thank you very much for your email. In an inscription it is written MI KAMOCHA BAELIM HASHEM, "who is like You among the gods oh Lord". In the other it is written MI KAMOCHA NEEDAR BAKODESH, "who is like You surrounded by holiness". Greetings Giacomo

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    Did you correct them and tell them you're Jewish Maurice? ;-) Nov 30, 2023 at 21:08
  • I don't get it. They assumed I wasn't Jewish? Nov 30, 2023 at 21:20
  • Yeah, they called you 'Gentile Maurice' ;-) Nov 30, 2023 at 21:24
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    I know, but it was funny to see that particular greeting on this website. Incidentally a friend of mine knows a lawyer in Spain named 'Gentile Goy'. Nov 30, 2023 at 21:56
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    @יהושעק that's almost as good as the ger who went from being Oliver to Shalom - Oliver Shalom :-)
    – Dov
    Nov 30, 2023 at 22:59

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