Introducing- Our Collection!

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Introducing- Our collection! The U. Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art has some 3,000 objects in its collection. In this section we will introduce to you several of them and share their unique stories.

The Jewish community in Italy began in a small group of Jewish merchants and diplomats from Jerusalem that came to Rome in the 2ed century BCE. Yet, the symbol of the arrival of Jews to the Italian peninsula, and that of the diaspora in general, is the sack of Jerusalem and the looting of the sacred objects from the temple, as depicted in the arch of Titus. These objects became important symbols of redemption (Geula) and even divine protection.

In this Ketubbah, created in Livorno in 1728, we have both a depiction of Jerusalem with the temple at its center (Looks familiar?), and the sacred objects, among them- The Menorah. It is as if the document itself echoes the verse we say under the wedding canopy “If I forget thee, O Jerusalem

If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget [her cunning]. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy” (Psalms, 137, 5-6).

This is not the single time these objects appear in marriage contracts, and they also decorate other objects such as Torah crowns and curtains for Holy Arks. Want to know more? We have in our museum a room dedicated entirely to the symbols of priesthood and the temple in Jerusalem! Come and visit us at the U. Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art in 25 Hillel St., Jerusalem. For more info and tickets CLICK HERE