Hotel Eden consists of three interconnected, carefully restored historic tenement houses from the 15th century. In the past, the Hotel Eden was the home of Isaac Jakubowicz, with whom one of the most famous Hasidic legends is associated, which reads as follows:
A pious and religious Jew called Ajzyk Reb Jekeles (Isaac, son of Jacob) lived in the Jewish town of Kazimierz. Although he was very poor and had a large family to support, he worked hard and continued praising God.
One day he dreamed that a great treasure was buried near a bridge in Prague. Without thinking long, Isaac went to Prague. When, after a long journey, he found the bridge he dreamed of, but it was surrounded by soldiers, so Isaac was wondering what to do. When one of the soldiers approached him and asked what he was looking for, Isaac thought it best to tell the truth and at best to share this treasure with the soldier. So he told about his dream and about his treasure hunt. At this the soldier laughed: “Only a fool like you could do something like that! I have dreamed for a long time that in the house of a Jewish Jew named Izaak, son of Jakub, there is a treasure hidden under the stove, but I’m not stupid enough to go to Krakow and check. After all, every second Jew is named Isaac, and every third Jacob! ”
Isaac thanked him, returned home, dismantled the stove and found a great treasure. It was in 1664. Izaak became the richest Jew in Krakow’s Kazimierz, and in gratitude, he founded the Baroque Synagogue, which we still call after him.
When asked about the source of his wealth, he replied: “There are things that you look for all over the world, and find in your own home. Often, however, to find out about it, you have to go a long way and look far from home.”