Philologos Mailbag: Readers Help Solve the Pepys Puzzle

A tip from a Mosaic reader helps pin down what the great diarist was up to on the day of his famous synagogue visit.

Samuel Pepys painted by Sir Godfrey Kneller in 1689. Wikipedia.

Samuel Pepys painted by Sir Godfrey Kneller in 1689. Wikipedia.

Observation
Oct. 4 2018
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Philologos, the renowned Jewish-language columnist, appears twice a month in Mosaic. Questions for him may be sent to his email address by clicking here.


I’ve received four letters concerning my most recent column in Mosaic, “The Mystery of Simḥat Torah 1663, at the First Synagogue in England in 350 Years.” Three of my correspondents express doubts about my conclusions in the column, which dealt with the English diarist Samuel Pepys’s October 1663 visit to the Shaar Hashamyim synagogue in London. The fourth correspondent explains what must have been going on in that visit better than I managed to do, and in doing so he answers the doubters.

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