The First Temple of Jerusalem was built by King Solomon in the 10th century b.c. on Mount Moriah. When it was complete, the Ark of the Covenant was moved there. This led to a sort of centralization of worship. The Temple became the religious and national meeting place for the Israelites. Although it was destroyed in 586 b.c. by the Babylonians, King Solomon’s Temple has been called one of the seven wonders of the world. Its destruction kind of represented the decline of Judaism in Jerusalem.
The use of the labyrinth as a spiritual tool became popular during the time of the Crusades when conflict in the Holy Land prevented medieval Christians from making their required pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Church leaders designated seven great European cathedrals as pilgrimage sites and installed labyrinth patterns (technically, unicursal paths) on the floor of several of them. By following the path, pilgrims could make a symbolic journey to Jerusalem, with the center of the labyrinth…
Seven Gates Papercut - Opalescent Blue Ketubah by Ruth Stern Warzecha is a cut out of metallic paper, it is also related to golden Jerusalem-shaped tiaras given by Jewish husbands of old to their wives.
Composition of the Western Wall in Jerusalem. There are 17 courses of Herodian ashlars still buried at the Western Wall. The bottom course is 50 feet wide. Seven courses from Herod’s retaining wall are presently visible above ground.
The Seven Churches is a beautiful circa 1575 print showing pilgrims going to Rome's “seven pilgrim churches.” The first four are major basilicas: St. Peter’s (at the bottom), Saint Paul Outside the Walls, St. Mary Major, and St. John Lateran. The other three churches, which are considered minor basilicas, are St. Lawrence Outside the Walls, the Holy Cross in Jerusalem, and St. Sebastian Outside the Walls. The print clearly depicts the ancient walls of Rome and the Vatican defenses.
The Italian Dante Alighieri’s (1265-1321) Inferno contains graphic firsthand descriptions of Hell. Level 1 Limbo is the edge of Hell on a seven-storied mountain on the southern hemisphere, the antipode of Jerusalem. You have the best company in history like Socrates, Aristotle. The atmosphere is nice here, no torments but it is somewhat joyless as one can’t see the divine presence here. Here you’ll understand Mark Twain (1835-1910), who said “Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the…
Home Blessing (Jerusalem) by Mickie Caspi. May this home be blessed with peace and tranquility. Jerusalem is beautifully recreated in detail in this stunning illumination. On the arch surrounding the city are the biblical seven species of the Land of Israel: wheat, barley, grapes, olives, figs, dates & pomegranates.
Mizrach-Shiviti by Yehudit Shadur. Papercut, blue on gold background. The theme being the walled city of Jerusalem featuring medival-type towers and centering a depiction of the Temple, and the Hebrew words "I shall place Jerusalem above my chiefest joys," and at bottom a pair of stags flanking a stylized seven-branched Menorah. Signed in English and in Hebrew and dated 1975. 15.5” x 11.5” (39.5 x 29 cm.) Estimate $1,500 – 2,000
Mizrach-Shiviti by Yehudit Shadur. Papercut, blue on white background. The theme being the walled city of Jerusalem featuring medival-type towers and centering a depiction of the Temple, and the Hebrew words "I shall place Jerusaolem above my chiefest joys," and at bottom a pair of stags flanking a stylized seven-branched Menorah. Signed in English and in Hebrew. 13.5” x17”. (34 X 43.5 cm.) $1,500 – 2,000