Friday, March 16, 2007

A box of spices

I found a lovely article written by a Hindu woman about Havdalah. I thought I would share it with you.

I love havdalah. It is such a sensory experience- we see the flames, and feel its heat. We taste the wine. We hear the blessings and the sound of the candle as it is extinguished. And of course we smell the aroma of the spices. Havdalah can be a true mind body experience.

Here today, for your Shabbat pleasure are some Havdalah spice boxes.

From SARA PELLY-WERTSMAN, a resident in the Ein Hod artist's village are these cobalt blue glass and metal spice boxes. Aren't they lovely?

From Ina Golub, whose work we have seen before a spectacular spice box which won the The 1998 Philip and Sylvia Spertus Judaica Prize. Of her prize winning piece, Ina says this, "Myriads of sparkling seed beads, symbolizing abundance and fertility, are woven together to form my Havdalah Spice Container based on a fanciful image of Leviathan, mythical sea creature. Symbol of divine protection, fertility, and the coming of the Messianic Age, the fish has been a popular form for Havdalah boxes throughout the centuries, particularly in North Africa, the Middle East, and some eastern European communities. At the Shabbat evening meal which foreshadows the world to come, it is traditional to eat fish. At that redemptive time, it is said, the Holy One will prepare a feast of Leviathan flesh for the righteous and will spread its skin over the walls of Jerusalem so its radiance will shine brightly from one end of the world to the other."

May your Shabbat be very sweet.

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