O north wind, and come, thou south;
blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out.... (Song
of Songs 4:16)
From the sanctuary of the Sabbath, from the family kitchen, from the
garden of love, and across the high seas
blow the north and south winds, bringing forth the intoxicating fragrances
of spices and perfumes. The thirteenth edition of JHOM takes a close
look at spices and perfumes in Jewish culture and tradition.
and bosem: the ancient perfumes of Ein Gedi
The lowly hyssop: mother of the zatar
A literary analysis of chapter 4 of Song of Songs
How food was enhanced in Talmudic times
The symbolism of the tower-shaped spice container
A short summary of the Jewish spice trade
All about aromatic spices used by Sephardi Jews
An excerpt from a short story by the great
Yiddish writer, I.L. Peretz
An interesting anaysis of the Hebrew rootword
is now on-line. One of our featured books are The
Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness,
by Simon Wiesenthal.
Those of you who haven't visited "Exile
at Home," a photographic essay by and an audio webcast interview
with photographer Frederic Brenner, are urged to do so.
Have a look at our
unusual and growing collection of JHOM electronic
greetings cards, all original artwork based on motifs in medieval
Jewish manuscripts. These may be sent at no cost to your friends and relatives.
Since last month we have added Hanukkah, Shabbat and Mazal Tov
cards. Also have a look at our exquisite
Judaica clipart; we've added a new batch which you may download and
use for your personal needs.
As always, we welcome your feedback, ideas and suggestions.
Hag Urim Sameah. A Happy Festival of Lights.
B'vraha (with blessing),