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Cracow, 1653: The famous R’ Isaac R’ Yeckeles passed away in Cracow.

R’ Isaac, is known as the one who built the beautiful Baroque style R’ Isaac R’ Yeckeles Shul still erect in Cracow. For the job, he commissioned the Swiss architect, Giovanni Battista Trevano.  He died in the year of its completion.

Rabbi Menasseh Ben Israel, writes in his petition to Oliver Cromwell about him as follows: “But yet a greater number of Jews are found in the Kingdom of Poland, Prussia and Lithuania, under which Monarchy they have the Jurisdiction to judge amongst themselves all causes, both Criminal and Civil; and also great and famous Academies of their own. The chief Cities where the Nation lives, are Lublin and Cracow, where there is a Jew, called Isaac Iecells, who built a Synagogue, which stood him in one hundred thousand Francs, and is worth many tons of gold.”

Sources: See ‘Cracow’s Legendary Shul, Kankan Issue 9

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