Tuesday, May 09, 2006

A Picture From My Family's Shtetl - Week 37

6 Comments:

At May 9, 2006 at 6:18:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Neshama said...

This is a very interesting matzeiva. Is it from your family?

When upright, the letter 'nun' can be seen on the left side of the 'tree and branches'. It seems like the artist was depicting that the main part of the tree was broken off (being the patriarch of the famiy), with the flower branch seemingly representing the matriarchial side of the family, and one branch coming from the flower line representing a male descendant. The grass seems to be covering the right portion of the matzeiva, which could reveal more.

A Simple Jew, how's that for imagination?!

 
At May 10, 2006 at 6:30:00 AM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Neshama: This matzeiva is not from my family. Unfortunately I could not locate any ancestral graves during my visit to the shtetl.

 
At May 10, 2006 at 8:28:00 AM EDT, Blogger Shoshana said...

That's a beautiful picture, I love the designs.

 
At May 10, 2006 at 8:32:00 AM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Thanks Shoshana

 
At May 10, 2006 at 12:22:00 PM EDT, Blogger DS, London said...

A lovely picture- reminds me of a recent visit to Prague: the old Jewish cemetery has many such beautiful headstones, all bunched together, as there are many layers of corpses because there was no room to expand out of the Ghetto. Also there are the graves of R'Loewe, the Maharal of Prague and R'Shlomo Efraim Lunschitz, the Kli Yakar.

 
At May 11, 2006 at 6:47:00 AM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

DS, London: Interesting. Thanks for your comment.

 

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