Awake O north wind, and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out....
(Song of Songs 4:16)

Balsam and bosem: the perfumes of Ein Gedi: The best and the most expensive spice/perfume of ancient times

The lowly hyssop: mother of the za’tar spice: Humble in appearance, modest in its demands
Nogah Hareuveni

Entering the aromatic garden of love: Levonah and Lebanon: the beloved’s body as landscape
Robert Alter

Enhancing the food in Talmudic times: Spices and benedictions of appreciation

Spice towers and salvation: A deeper look at the Havdalah ceremony
Shubert Spero

For the candle and the spices: A Yemenite (16th-cent.) poem by Sa’adiah for the Havdalah ceremony (plus a RealAudio recording!)


in JHOM's

From King Solomon to the Mendes family: A short summary of the Jewish spice trade

The aromatic spices used by Sephardi Jews: Cooking with turmeric, cumin, cardamom, saffron, ginger, cloves
Claudia Roden & Joan Nathan

A Pinch of Snuff (1906): A short story by the greatest of Yiddish writers
I.L. Peretz

Judaica Art Gallery: Spice containers for the Havdalah ceremony
From the Gross Family Collection

The spice of Jewish life and culture: Hebrew rootword lesson: T-V-L
Dr. Joseph Lowin




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