Jewish art comes from all over the globe; from India in the east to the USA in the west. Beauty, elegance and astounding attention to detail combine to form a magical synergy that imbues Jewish objects. The Jewish tradition of enhancing a commandment by using especially beautiful objects. Jews managed to put the greatest achievements of art at the service of their faith and tradition, joining the material side of artifacts with the most spiritual aspirations.
Jewish ceremonial Art
There are many occasions where Jews require ceremonial art. Jewish art is for sale at many locations throughout Israel and Jerusalem. Many Jewish communities boast a well stocked Judaica art store.
- Kiddush cup: Kiddush, literally, “sanctification,” is a blessing recited over wine or grape juice to sanctify the Shabbat and Jewish holidays. Kiddush cups are highly decorated, and are generally made of china, porcelain, silver, pewter and nickel.
- Shabbat candlestick holders
- Hand washing cup (“netilat yediam”)
- Challah cutting board and cover
- Havdalah candle and candle holder
- Havdalah spice box
- The menorah (or hanukkiah) is perhaps the most widely produced article of Jewish ceremonial art. The Lindo lamp is a particularly fine example by an 18th-century silversmith. Contemporary artists often design menorahs, such as the gold-plated brass menorah with 35 moveable branches designed by Yaacov Agam. A silver menorah by Ze’ev Raban from the 1930s is in the Judaica Collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art
- Chanukah menorah
- Gelt holder
- Chanukah candles or Oil
To protect the etrog during the Sukkot holiday, it is traditionally wrapped in silky flax fibers and stored in a special box, often made from silver. In modern times, the etrog is also commonly wrapped in synthetic netting, and placed in cardboard boxes. Wooden boxes are increasingly popular as well.
The tradition of artistically embellished haggadahs, the Jewish text that sets forth the order of the Passover Seder, dates back to the Middle Ages. The Sarajevo Haggadah of 1350 is a celebrated example. Major contemporary artists have produced notable haggadahs, such as the Szyk Hagaddah. See also the facsimile edition of the even earlier Barcelona Haggadah of 1340.
Jewish art for sale can be found at Huvy’s Gallery Located in the luxurious Mamilla neighborhood of Jerusalem (on King David Street), Huvy’s Art Gallery is the exclusive retailer of Huvy’s art. This Jewish art Gallery exhibits a wide array of Jewish themed paintings; displaying a multifaceted range of topics, colors and sizes. The works are either oils (done on canvas or on wood), pastels, charcoals or watercolors. Special Mixed Medias are available upon request. The work’s of some other well known Israeli artist’s (Agam, Castel, Mani Katz) are also on display at the Gallery.