The Passover Menorah

It’s Passover this week, not Chanukah. 


So what’s with the menorah?


Well my friend, John Akkus (of Akkus Silver Touch), made this beautiful piece for me. 


I love the fine handiwork of copper, brass, crystals, Jewish symbols (Stars of David) and bold colors of this amazing menorah. 


John sells his art at the annual Suglarloaf Festivals in the Spring. 


I am so glad I found this wonderful menorah–it is beautiful all year long (through Chanukah and Passover). 


Thank you John and nice job!  😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Cats of Israel

Just wanted to share these photos of some lovely cats from Israel.


There are so many cats just roaming the streets, shops, gardens, and alleyways.


These don’t run from people, but are part of the landscape itself.


Almost like a soul in each one that is living a peaceful life anew in the Holy Land. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Three Ladies

Just a beautiful artist plate that I picked up in Israel. 

Loved the colors and simplicity of this. 

I got a “aged brass” (gold) plate stand for this.

Enjoy looking at this now in our living room and also remembering our wonderful trip, thank G-d. 

Also, I wonder if I know these three ladies from somewhere.  😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Jerusalem Center of The World

I love this map by Heinrich Bunting, a German Protestant pastor and cartographer. 


This beautiful artist and thoughtful map was published in 1581.


It shows the 3 continents of Europe, Asia, and Africa as 3 leaves of a clovers with Jerusalem at the center. 


Jerusalem, Israel is the focus, nexus and crossroad between these 3 worlds of Western, Asian, and African civilizations. 


Israel is so multi-cultural and holy to the 3 major monotheistic religions of the world (Christianity, Islam, and Judaism).  


Light, healing, peace, and prosperity should emanate from Jerusalem to the whole world and G-d should bless us from his heavenly abode.  😉


(Source Photo: Wikipedia)

Simple and Beautiful

Thought this was a nice touch on the table. 


Just a simple drinking glass with a little water on the bottom and these three beautiful flowers inside. 


Pink, Yellow, Orange. 


So simple, yet so beautiful.


Maybe that’s the point. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)