Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Wedding Quilt

Picture of this original and impressive quilt is courtesy of Aviva Hadas who made it. 
The Hebrew letters are a verse from Hoshea 2: 21
And I will betroth thee unto Me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto Me in righteousness, and in justice, and in lovingkindness, and in compassion.

I don't know if Aviva Hadas sells her wonderful works but I am sure that they are worth buying...

The Jews of Aquileia

This close-up photo of a six-pointed star is courtesy of "lovethebees" who published it on Flickr and wrote to me:
Are you sure it is a Star of David? It is a Christian basilica; my wife says it's impossible it is a Star of David. Ciao.

Well, I’m not sure, but it is a six pointed star made of two equilateral triangles just the same as the Israeli national emblem. I think it might belong to the Jews of Aquilea because:
If you’ll read Samuel Kurinsky’s article - titled “The Jews of Aquilea A Judaic Community Lost to History”- you’ll see that there was at the first centuries CE a Jewish community  in Aquileia...
The white lily motif in the center of the star appears also in Ein Yael in south Jerusalem in a farm with a Roman villa from mid-third-century A.D. (from the same period as ours).
In 1981 Professor Eric Myers of Duke University found in Villa Torlonia in Rome a series of Jewish catacombs, which were in use since the first century CE. several of them show a six-pointed star.

Israeli Diving Federation symbol

Israeli Diving Federation symbol jewish star This is a unique design of a Star of David in the shape of a fish on the logo of Israeli Diving Federation symbol. Photo is courtesy of Mr. Liron Tirosh, General Manager of Israeli Diving Federation who wrote to me that illustrator Shlomo Cohen, one of the first divers in Israel, designed this logo and it became one of the most popular car bumper-stickers. There are today More than 120000 registered divers in Israel; each holds a certificate with the above mentioned logo.