For my second post in my Germany series for this week, I decided to write about the city of Worms, about an hour south of Frankfurt on the Rhine River, where travelers can visit some of the most important sights of medieval Judaism in Europe.
Among the highlights are the rebuilt old synagogue, which was originally constructed in 1034 (and subsequently destroyed about a dozen times), as well as mystically beautiful Jewish Cemetery (pictured here) outside the old city gates. The oldest grave in it is almost 1000 years old, making it the oldest existing Jewish cemetery in Europe. The fact that it survived the Nazis is a miracle, and today it is a powerfully thought-provoking experience to walk through it and pay your respects.
For more of what there is to see in Worms, take a look here: http://www.jaunted.com/story/2009/10/27/134424/35/travel/Crawling+Around+Worms%2C+Germany