An old (formerly used) synagogue building in my town has this sign on the front of it:

Aged synagogue sign, saying, in Hebrew, the letter 'qof' twice, followed by "*Shaaray Torah*".

The text says "Shaaray Torah", the name of the congregation, but what is the meaning of the two qofs above it?

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Likely, it is an acronym for קְהִילָה קְדוֹשָה k'hila k'dosha (lit: holy congregation), a title for Jewish communities whose use dates back to the Talmud (Tamid 27b).

  • Or Kahal Kadosh Commented Feb 5, 2015 at 22:24
  • Can you specify what your link says on the topic?
    – WAF
    Commented Feb 6, 2015 at 0:38
  • @WAF It uses that phrase as a title for a Jewish community...
    – Double AA
    Commented Feb 6, 2015 at 0:39
  • I believe the phrase there is "kahala kadisha", which is an Aramaic translation of @ElShteiger's suggestion. Does "k'hila k'dosha" appear there as well?
    – WAF
    Commented Feb 6, 2015 at 0:41
  • @WAF It says קהלא קדישא as you can see. Are you complaining about my gender?
    – Double AA
    Commented Feb 6, 2015 at 0:43

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