A magnificent Jewish spice container / besamim
Mounted with turquoise stones
Hand crafted by an artist in israel - circa 1950
Solid silver - signed 925 - israel- Ben Zion
The top opens up to insert the spices
Can be used during the ritual ceremony of havdalah
Ben Zion David is the eighth generation from a family of jewelers descending from Najran, Northern Yemen. For more than 2,000 years, since the days of King Solomon, his ancestors lived and worked successfully in Yemen, creating jewels for Jewish brides, Princes and Sheiks.
Ben Zion has refined his skills since early childhood in the family workshop of his father and grandfather. He served in the Israeli army, entered the Haifa Technion College, achieved his engineering degree, worked for several years in the United States and furthered his studies. While being vetted by the defense industry for employment in Israel, Ben-Zion bided his time in his father’s workshop. He managed to create incredibly beautiful jewelry and Judaica, pieces that went on to be acquired by important collectors. This brought on the realization that his true calling was in the Art of Yemenite Filigree.
As the keeper of his family traditions and in order to preserve the unique culture of the Yemenite Jewish people, Ben Zion founded his Yemenite Jewish Culture Museum located in Old Jaffa in 2010, which exhibits private and archival photos of his family and historical events of the Jews of Yemen.
Since then, the family business continues on by skillfully combining age-old traditions, preserving the filigree designs of the great masters of the past and creating new and exciting jewels for all, family heritage through artists and pop culture.
Today, Ben Zion is widely known throughout the world. His exceptional designs are exhibited in galleries and museums in America, Australia and Europe and reaching Great Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, II as a gift from Israeli President Shimon Peres in 2008.
“The hands of the master seem to have a life of their own as beauty streams through his hands ….. from hand to hand, from father to son for centuries and even millennia, adorning and sanctifying the world around us, passing life’s mysteries encrypted in silver lace from generation to generation.”
Excerpt from “BEN ZION DAVID, Book I from the Series, “PEOPLE OF ISRAEL” written by Lea Wedensky
Havdalah (Hebrew: הַבְדָּלָה, "separation") is a Jewish religious ceremony that marks the symbolic end of Shabbat and ushers in the new week. The ritual involves lighting a special havdalah candle with several wicks, blessing a cup of wine and smelling sweet spices. Shabbat ends on Saturday night after the appearance of three stars in the sky.:137 Some communities delay the Havdalah in order to prolong Shabbat.
Like kiddush, havdalah is recited over a cup of kosher wine or grape juice, although other beverages may be used if wine or grape juice are not available.:141
Spices, called besamim in Hebrew, often stored in an artistically decorative spice container in order to beautify and honor the mitzvah, are handed around so that everyone can smell the fragrance.:143 In many Sephardi and Mizrahi communities, branches of aromatic plants are used for this purpose, while Ashkenazim have traditionally used cloves. A special braided Havdalah candle with more than one wick:145 is lit, and a blessing is recited.:144 If a special havdalah candle is not available, two candles can be used, and the two flames joined when reciting the blessing.
When reciting the words "Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha'olam, bo're m'orei ha'esh," it is customary for the participants to hold their hands up to the candle and gaze at the reflection of the light in their fingernails.:145
At the conclusion of Havdalah, the leftover wine is poured into a small dish and the candle is extinguished in it, as a sign that the candle was lit solely for the mitzvah of Havdalah. Based on Psalms 19:9, "the commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes," some Jews dip a finger into the leftover wine and touch their eyes or pockets with it. Because it was used for a mitzvah, the wine is considered a "segulah," or good omen.
After the Havdalah ceremony, it is customary to sing "Eliyahu Hanavi" ("Elijah the Prophet") and/or "HaMavdil Bein Kodesh LeChol" (Who separates Holy from ordinary/weekday), and to bless one another with the words Shavua' tov (Hebrew) or Gute vokh (Yiddish) (Have a good week).
Havdalah is also recited at the conclusion of the following biblical holidays: Rosh Hashanah; Yom Kippur; the first days of Sukkot; Simchat Torah; Passover, both its first and last days; and Shavuot. The blessing over the wine is said, as well as the prayer separating the holy from the everyday, but not the prayers over the havdalah candle or the spices (except for the conclusion of Yom Kippur when the prayer over the havdalah candle is recited).
When a major holiday follows Shabbat, the Havdalah service is recited as part of the holiday kiddush and the blessing over spices is not said. The special braided Havdalah candle is not used since it may not be extinguished after the service, but rather the blessing is recited over the festival candles. The prayer "distinguishes holiness from the everyday" is changed to "distinguishes holiness from holiness" signifying that the holiness of the holiday is of a lesser degree than the holiness of the concluded Shabbat.
- Judaica - Een prachtige kruidencontainer voor havdlah-ceremonie - Ontworpen als een windmolen
- .925 zilver
- Ontwerper / kunstenaar
- Ben Zion David
- Jewish Yemenite Silversmith
- Geschatte periode
- Midden 20e eeuw
- Land van herkomst
- Uitstekende staat - nauwelijks gebruikt met minimale gebruikssporen en tekenen van ouderdom
- 10×4,5×4,5 cm
- 52 g