Moving along the wall, we come to the tomb of Rabbi Loew, who was buried here in 1609 at the age of 97. His erudition was unequalled by anyone in Prague, before him, in his day, or after.
Rabbi Loew's grave, next to which lies his wife Perl, is a place of pilgrimage for pious Jews, but they are not the only ones to leave little slips of paper with personal requests on his tombstone.
According to a well-known Prague legend, Rabbi Loew was so beloved of God that the angel of death could not overcome this scholar. The rabbi always managed to escape him, until Death took the form of a rose.
The rabbi's innocent granddaughter had her grandfather bent down to smell it, and death entered the rabbi's heart with the rose's fragrance.
Right next to the tombstone of Rabbi Loew, a narrow tombstone marks the grave of Loew’s grandson, Rabbi Samuel, who died in 1655. If you move sidelong to the right you can see the tomb of Mordecai Maisel, which, dating from 1601, is actually the very first closed, four-walled tomb in the cemetery.
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