Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion is a Japanese mecha anime television series produced by Gainax and Tatsunoko Production, directed by Hideaki Anno and broadcast on TV Tokyo from October 1995 to March 1996. The cast included Megumi Ogata as Shinji Ikari, Kotono Mitsuishi as Misato Katsuragi, Megumi Hayashibara as Rei Ayanami, Yūko Miyamura as Asuka Langley Soryu. Music for the series was composed by Shirō Sagisu. Evangelion is set fifteen years after a worldwide cataclysm in the futuristic fortified city of Tokyo-3; the protagonist is Shinji, a teenage boy, recruited by his father Gendo to the shadowy organization Nerv to pilot a giant bio-machine mecha called an "Evangelion" into combat with alien beings called "Angels". The series explores the experiences and emotions of Evangelion pilots and members of Nerv as they try to prevent any and all of the Angels from causing another cataclysm, as they deal with the quest of finding out the real truth behind events and organizational moves; the series features imagery derived from Kabbalah and Judaism.

Neon Genesis Evangelion received critical acclaim but garnered controversy. Controversial were the last two episodes of the show, leading the team behind the series to produce the original intended version of the ending in the 1997 film The End of Evangelion. Regarded as a deconstruction of the mecha genre, the original TV series led to a rebirth of the anime industry and has become a cultural icon. Film, home video, other products in the Evangelion franchise have achieved record sales in Japanese markets and strong sales in overseas markets, with related goods selling over ¥150 billion by 2007 and Evangelion pachinko machines selling ¥700 billion by 2015. In 2015, fifteen years after a global cataclysm known as the Second Impact, teenager Shinji Ikari is summoned to the futuristic city of Tokyo-3 by his estranged father Gendo Ikari, director of the special paramilitary force Nerv. Shinji witnesses United Nations forces battling an Angel, one of a race of giant monstrous beings whose awakening was foretold by the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Because of the Angels' near-impenetrable force-fields, Nerv's giant Evangelion bio-machines, synchronized to the nervous systems of their pilots and possessing their own force-fields, are the only weapons capable of keeping the Angels from annihilating humanity. Nerv officer Misato Katsuragi escorts Shinji into the Nerv complex beneath the city, where his father pressures him into piloting the Evangelion Unit-01 against the Angel. Without training, Shinji is overwhelmed in the battle, causing the Evangelion to go berserk and savagely kill the Angel on its own. Following hospitalization, Shinji moves in with Misato and settles into life in Tokyo-3. In his second battle, Shinji runs away afterwards, distraught. Misato confronts Shinji and he decides to remain a pilot; the Nerv crew and Shinji must battle and defeat the remaining 14 Angels in order to prevent the Third Impact, a global cataclysm that would destroy the world. Evangelion Unit-00 is repaired shortly afterwards. Shinji tries to befriend its pilot, the mysterious isolated teenage girl Rei Ayanami.

With Rei's help, Shinji defeats another Angel. They are joined by the pilot of Evangelion Unit-02, the multitalented, but insufferable teenager Asuka Langley Sōryu, German-Japanese-American. Together, the three of them manage to defeat several Angels; as Shinji adjusts to his new role as a pilot, he becomes more confident and self-assured. Asuka moves in with Shinji, they begin to develop confused feelings for one another, kissing at her provocation. After being absorbed by an Angel, Shinji breaks free thanks to the Eva acting on its own, he is forced to fight an infected Evangelion Unit-03 and watches its pilot, his friend and classmate Toji Suzuhara and permanently disabled. Asuka loses her self-confidence following spirals into depression; this is worsened by her next fight, against an Angel which attacks her mind and forces her to relive her worst fears and childhood trauma, resulting in a mental breakdown. In the next battle, Rei self-destructs dies to save Shinji's life. Misato and Shinji visit the hospital where they find Rei alive but claiming she is "the third Rei".

Misato forces scientist Ritsuko Akagi to reveal the dark secrets of Nerv, the Evangelion boneyard and the dummy plug system which operates using clones of Rei, herself created with the DNA of his mother, Yui Ikari. This succession of events leaves Shinji scarred and alienated from the rest of the characters. Kaworu Nagisa replaces the catatonic Asuka as pilot of Unit-02. Kaworu, who befriends Shinji and gains his trust, is in truth the final foretold Angel, Tabris. Kaworu fights Shinji realizes that he must die if humanity is to survive and asks Shinji to kill him. Shinji hesitates but kills Kaworu, causing Shinji to be overridden with guilt. After the final Angel is defeated, the mysterious cabal overseeing the events of the series, triggers the "Human Instrumentality Project", a forced evolution of humanity in which the souls of all mankind are merged for benevolent purposes, believing that if unified, humanity could overcome the loneliness and alienation that has eternally plagued mankind.

Shinji's soul grapples with the reason for his existence and reaches an epiphany that he needs others to thrive, enabling him to destroy the wall of negative emotions that torment him and reunite with the others, who congratulate him. Hideaki Anno attempted to create characters; the characters of Evangelion struggle with their interper


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New Synagogue (Ostrów Wielkopolski)

The New Synagogue in Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poland, is located in the city's center on 21 Raszkowska Street, the northern edge of the former Jewish district. This is the only preserved metropolitan synagogue, it is built in the once popular Moorish Revival style. It is the most precious monument of religious architecture in Ostrów Wielkopolski. Long neglected, the synagogue has been restored in 2010. See the municipal website for updates: In the early eighteenth century with the initiative of Jan Jerzy Przebendowski the first large group of Jewish craftsmen from Germany arrived in Ostrów. Ostrów's Jewish community was a subject to the Jewish community in Kalisz. In the mid-nineteenth century the Jewish community had grown with the support of successive owners of the town, it numbered more than 1,600 people, represented 25% of the total population of 7,000. The Jews did not assimilate themselves with the rest of the city's population and their German roots contributed to better relations with Germans.

After World War I and after Poland regained independence, much of the community emigrated to Germany. At the outbreak of World War II, there were only 66 Jews left in Ostrów; the Jews were schooled in the local cheder. They could continue their education at the local Królewskie Gimnazjum Męskie, high school for boys or Miejska Wyższa Szkola Żeńska, high school for girls. For some time, it was possible to study Hebrew openly. Ostrów's rabbis, included Israel Meir Freimann, Elias Plessner and Leopold Neuhaus, outstanding representatives of their community. After World War I, the rabbinical ministry was delivered by a rabbi of the nearby town of Kępno; the Jewish quarter was located on the west side of the city's square, in the area of the town's cattle market. The two consecutive synagogues and ancillary facilities were built within the vicinity. Now, only the synagogue remains from the entire Jewish quarter. During World War II or all traces of the material presence of Jews were wiped out, the final element of the group of synagogue buildings was demolished in the 1990s.

For more on Jewish cemeteries read: Jewish cemeteries in OstrówThe Old Synagogue The old synagogue was located in the city center, the western part of the former Jewish district. A power transformer sits on its location; the synagogue was built in 1724 with the support of Jan Jerzy Przebendowski. It was a small, shingled building and functioned till a new, larger synagogue was raised in 1860; the New Synagogue The construction of a new building was determined by the fact that the old one was small and of a poor condition. It was built in Moorish Revival style, popular among European synagogues; the cornerstone was laid on 7 April 1857, with Rabbi Aron Moses Stössel presiding at the ceremony. The building was designed by Moritz Landé, who supervised its construction; the synagogue was completed in 1860. Building the synagogue would not have been possible without support from outside the Jewish community. Special merits went to heir of the village of Wysocko. On 10 October 1872, a tragic event occurred there.

During the prayers on Yom Kippur gas lamps went out. Women and children whose place was up in the gallery, panicked. While fleeing, the staircase collapsed killing 19 people, they were buried in a mass grave in the Jewish cemetery. In 1903, at the cost of 12,000 German marks a renovation took place. During World War II, the Nazis demolished the entire Jewish Quarter; because liquor and food were stored in there, the synagogue was spared. After the war, in the absence of Jewish community, the synagogue served as a furniture warehouse; the communists made changes to its interior by removing its movable parts, ritual objects, liquidated Aron Kodesh. In 1946, the Polish Army unit stationed in Ostrów suggested that a theater with a symphony orchestra be founded there but the Supreme Religious Council of Polish Jews and the Ministry of Public Administration did not give their consent to use it for artistic purposes. In the mid-1980s several projects were suggested to adapt the space. In 1988 the synagogue was registered as a local monument.

It used to be open as a stage for performances. A non-professional theater festival, the Film in Slides festival took place there as well as a series of seminars: Past for the Future, about the dealing with the penetration of German, Jewish and Russian cultures. Shevah Weiss, Israeli Ambassador to Poland was the honorary guest at the Past for the Future event. In 2006, the matter of ownership of the synagogue and the two cemeteries had been dealt with. In exchange for the waiver of claims to the synagogue, the local government paid 225,000 zlotys to the Jewish community in Wroclaw, promised to build a lapidarium, collection of stone monuments on the site of the former Jewish cemetery, at the government's expense. In line with the 2005 Local Revitalization Program of Ostrów, the synagogue was supposed to become a Center of the Three Cultures named for Wojciech Bąk, Israel Meir Freimann and Edzard Schaper. Symphonic and choral concerts, theater performances and conferences will take place in the main prayer hall.

In 2006 an Association of Friends of Ostrów's Synagogue was established and in January 2007, the local government had allocated one million z