IF IT’S THE SABBATH, IT’S RITUAL WINE TIME
…even if it’s prohibited. This wonderful jug from the early 20th century was used during Prohibition, the “failed noble experiment” when the US Constitution made producing alcohol illegal … except in the case of ritual observance!
Containers like this were used to transport and store sacramental wine, though that doesn’t mean that wine failed to make it to the lips of all sorts of drinkers. Indeed, even the less drinkable Kosher wines found their ways to the willing pallets of those committed to imbibing in spite of the national ban.
Fortunately Prohibition came to an end with repeal of the 18th amendment, and the kosher wine of the time went back to its regular ritual use, most often for the Sabbath on fridays nights and saturdays.
Wine Jug for Kosher Wine, early 20th century, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, YU Museum 1996.288
From YUM’s Curator: IS IT RED IF YOU SAY IT’S RED? THIS IS
I’m no typography nerd, but there’s something so pleasing about various orthographic forms placed adjacent to one another in complimentary fonts.
zcurator.tumblr.com saw this on bitforms:
Yael Kanarek, Wavelength Range of Roughly 630-7540 nm, No. 7,2011
wood, silicone words in five languages:
English, Hebrew, Arabic, Yiddish and Spanish
diameter 72” / 182.9 cm
Photo: John Berens
image courtesy bitforms gallery nyc
on view now through Aug 5!
NICE BOOK - SHAME IF SOMEONE GOT WHINE ON IT
These are light and gorgeous drawing that appear in an 18th century manuscript of the Haggadah, the script used on the Jewish holiday Passover, or Pesach.
The central ceremony for the holiday is the Seder, a meal during which participants symbolically reenact (through food of course!) the story of the ancient Hebrews escape from Egyptian slavery.
This remarkably well preserved manuscript features a colored cover with the high priest and Moses, prayers written to reference the seven-armed candelabra from the ancient Jewish temple, decorated images of scholars eating the Pascal sacrifice (brisket?), and King David with his harp.
Illuminated Haggadah and Order for Services for Various Holidays, 1746, Germany, Manuscript, 1984.012