The window is open. Stop and gaze at the generations celebrating the Shabbat dinner together with each in his own style. Harmony and joy prevail in the room. The elderly grandparents adhere to the traditional candles and wine blessing. The younger members of the family have found their own pursuits. Everyone is happy and contented. At the base on a blue strip is written a request for the family to be granted love, hope, health, good fortune, fertility and livelihood.
Height: 13.8 inches (35 cm)
Width: 21.7 inches (55 cm)
Weight: 1.2 kg
How it is made?
Formed from cold rolled steel, recycled metal, which has been laser cut, galvanised, spray and hand painted.
Birkat Habayit the Jewish home blessing is perhaps the most popular blessing in the Jewish world, appearing as a hanging amulet inside the entrance of many houses of Jews of all streams. I have added niqud to the blessing and I am very grateful to Gabriel Wasserman for his corrections to my vocalization.
The theurgical power of scriptural verse is one very significant element that distinguishes Jewish prayer from other literary prayer praxes. At least three verses seems apropos to me. The first two are suggested by Ilene Winn-Lederer. Exodus 25:8 associates ones own house with the archetypal mishkan, the dwelling place intended for the shekhina (Divine Presence). The second verse, from Proverbs 24:3-4, is prescriptive. When I asked for an accompanying verse from the TaNaKh to the popular Blessing for the Home on the Open Siddur Project Discussion Group on Facebook, Rabbi Alona Lisista offered the verse of blessing given by Bilaam the prophet in Numbers 24:5 upon seeing with his own eyes the wandering camp of the Israelites. These three verses, I think, help to ground the intention of the blessing in the context of the Jewish imagination.
The provenance and original authorship of the formula is unknown. I have not been able to locate its earliest attestation in a kameya (amulet) although a variation of it appears in a printed amulet for protection against plague, dated from 1925 in Hungary and attributed to Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum (1759-1841).
Tzuki's work is sold to galleries, museum shops and boutiques all over Israel and around the world.
The product is handpainted and there might be slight variations to the coloring that is shown in the main photograph.
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