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Menorahs, Mezzuzahs, Dreidles, Oil Lamps and Jewelry

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Mezuzah Pendant

Judaica Jewelry in sterling silver


 

 

 

Gold Star of David Pendant

Judaica Jewelry Star of David Pendant


Classic Menorah

This Menorah was made in 1990 in my basement shop at home, at a period when I was trying to express myself artistically outside of the jewelry I was making during the day. It is a classic design of old European synagogues, adorned with 12 symbols representing the twelve tribes of Israel. The entire piece is made by hand of Sterling silver. Hinged Tabernacle doors open to reveal a compartment for storing wicks. Lions commemorating the warrior, Judah the Macabee, guard both sides of the Tabernacle. The eight vessels are designed to burn olive oil, evoking the original miracle of Chanuka. The temple lamps all used olive oil at that time. A torch, the "Shamash" (or "servant"), hangs proudly to one side.


 

Lions of Judah

I designed and fabricated this Menorah with Judah the Maccabee in mind.

However, my Yiddish name is Zalmen Lybe (Lybe as in Lion)  and my Hebrew name is Yehudah (Judah) who’s symbol is that of the lion…Ironically enough, I was born directly on the cusp of Leo Virgo.

 


 

Structure Menorah

This piece was the first of many Menorahs made by Louis. It is hand crafted in sterling silver and designed to use with small glass vassals that contain olive oil (not shown in photo).

 

"Actually this piece was something I started as a frame, like building a frame for a house when it is going to be built. The original plan was to add sheets of silver to its structured frame as the exterior walls to a house are added. But when I took a hard look at it as it was, I loved its contemporary look and decided to call it Structure and leave it as is."

 

 

Yad

The size of this Torah pointer is an unusual 11 inches long and is quite hefty in weight.  Its unique design gives it a powerful feeling of opulence and allows plenty of room for personalized engraved inscriptions.




 

 

 

Mizrach

The Mizrach plaque is meant to be hung on a wall facing east. The word "Mizrach" means east. It is the direction Jews face when praying, always looking toward Jerusalem.

This piece is hand crafted in sterling silver and designed to look like a synagogue. Steps lead up to the tabernacle's functioning doors, which open to reveal silver Torah scrolls. Above sit two lions, guarding the holy place.

 

This Menorah stands 16 inches high X 24 wide, it features a detachable torch-like server known as the Shamash (the servant). It has hooks and may be hung on a wall. It can also stand alone by pulling out hidden flaps. The glass vessels are designed to burn oil as well as wax candles and are adorned with silver encasements.

 

 


 

 

Remaining Wall


The Remaining Wall simultaneously depicts two powerful symbols of hope of the Israelites and Israel, a people and nation rich with cultural traditions and religious rituals -- the extant wall of the

Holy Temple in Jerusalem where thousands continue to pray, and the Menorah that continues to be light every Chanukah memorializing the great triumph of the Macabbes in 165 BC over the Syrian desecration of that Temple.

Louis's Remaining Wall is hand fabricated in sterling silver. A few bricks protrude from the otherwise level wall, and burnt into those bricks are the words Nes Gadol Haya (a great miracle happened). The phrase, used on Chanukah is usually completed with the word Poe (here) by those living in Israel, or with the word Sham (there) by those living outside Israel.

When asked why he omitted the last word, Louis said: "I don't feel that it's necessary to specify the origin of where great miracles occur; I think they happen all the time and everywhere, to everybody. A container of sanctified oil meant to last one day and miraculously lasting for eight was like a promise from G-d that nation will endure despite the obstacles it encounters. And as there are remaining Israelites, so there is the Remaining Wall."



 

Yekutiel Kidush Cup

This is a six-sided silver Kiddush Cup with a hammered finish. I love this cup because it is unusually heavy, although that is not apparent until you pick it up.

 


 


Besamim Spice Box

My Spice Box contains cloves, and is made for use in the Havdalah cerimony. Havdalah means separation, and this ritual is performed at sundown on Saturday, to mark the end of Shabbat. The ritual includes a blessing on the Besamim, which means spice. The beautifully pungent fragrance of the spice is meant to symbolize the beauty of Shabbat. The Spice Box is passed around, and each person who inhales the scent thus takes into him or herself a physical token of beauty of Shabbat, to keep in mind and heart throughout the coming week.

Hand-crafted in sterling silver, this one-of-a-kind piece is unorthodox in form and design. However, there are Judaic cues in the intricately-carved lion legs. I love the Jewish traditions I grew up with, but my calling as an artist is to create new ways of seeing, feeling and using Jewish ritual objects.  

 


 


 

 

Star of David


My original intent was to make a free-standing miniature sculpture of a triangular pyramid. Then I had a sudden stroke of inspiration, and realized I could make a 3-dimensional Star of David by adding an additional pyramid. I surrounded the structure with a flaming fortress, and crafted three lion legs for it to sit upon. The whole piece is sterling silver.

 

 


Yud Kay Vuv Kay


This sterling silver candelabra is an oil-burning lamp used to inaugurate the Sabbath and other holidays. The lighting of olive oil is a tradition that goes back thousands of years, and is a sanctified method candle lighting. The four aloe-like leaves each carry one letter, which is burnt into the leaf: the Yud, the Hey, the Vov and the Hey, spelling out one of the many holy names of God. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery.
Photo: Hindy Schachter



Hamsa hand appears both in a two-thumbed, bilaterally symmetrical form, as shown, and in a more natural form in which there is only one thumb. There is good archaeological evidence to suggest that the downward-pointing protective hamesh / Hamsa hand predates both Judaism and Islam and that it refers to an ancient Middle Eastern goddess whose hand (or vulva, in other images) wards off the evil eye.


Available in sterling silver silk finish,  brushed finish or High polished oxidized backing,
Also available in 18k or 22K Gold

 


Hamsa

Emily's Hamsa
18 K with 18 K tip leather strap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hamsa Cuff Links

 

 

 

 

 

 

Star of David Pendants


can be set with any stones

 
great gift with  birthstones

 

 

 

Unevil Eye

Some  people believe in the evil eye. Personally, I'm not a superstitious man. ...however, I don't dismiss things I know so very little about...besides, it can't hurt! Either way you slice it, I love eyes.

These are made in Sterling, set with a London Blue Topaz and the other with a Peridot.

 

 


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