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The Jewish wedding ring was purchased in 1985 in “Desa”. Its owner is unknown. The ring is decorated with a floral motif and a Jewish inscription, Mazel Tov [Good luck]. It is topped with a model of a building — a symbolic depiction of the buildings in Jerusalem.

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The Jewish wedding ring was purchased in 1985 in “Desa”. Its owner is unknown. The ring is decorated with a floral motif and a Jewish inscription, Mazel Tov [Good luck]. It is topped with a model of a building — a symbolic depiction of the buildings in Jerusalem.

Elaborated by the Irena and Mieczysław Mazaraki Museum in Chrzanów, © all rights reserved

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Remember about the temple, “Mazel Tov!”

The motif of decorating Jewish wedding rings with a model of a building appeared as early as the Middle Ages. The top represented either a house to be shared by a young married couple, or – as in the case of the ring presented on our website – a symbolic depiction of the Holy Temple of Jerusalem. The destruction of the Holy Temple is a recurring motif throughout the entire wedding ceremony.

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The motif of decorating Jewish wedding rings with a model of a building appeared as early as the Middle Ages. The top represented either a house to be shared by a young married couple, or – as in the case of the ring presented on our website – a symbolic depiction of the Holy Temple of Jerusalem. The destruction of the Holy Temple is a recurring motif throughout the entire wedding ceremony. Also, the famous custom of breaking a glass by the groom is connected with it.
The exclamation by the gathered, “Mazel Tov!” (Hebrew: מזל טוב – “Good luck!”) and the sound of breaking glass are the first associations connected with a Jewish wedding ceremony. In fact, a traditional Jewish wedding is a very solemn and joyful event with a deep spiritual significance (for a religious Jew, the joy felt because of a wedding means mitzvah, i.e. one of the religious duties). It consists of two stages: erusin and nisuin; it also has a civil and legal character. The customary breaking and subsequent crash of a wedding glass by the groom is intended to commemorate the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. This act reminds everyone that even in moments of exultation one should not forget about the destruction of Jerusalem and the desire to return to the Promised Land.

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“Next year in Jerusalem”

It is impossible to understand the customs, not only the religious ones, in Jewish culture, without turning back to the earliest history of the Jewish nation and ancient Israel. Many of those customs symbolically refer to the rituals performed in the Temple of Jerusalem; however, they follow them to a far more modest extent.

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It is impossible to understand the customs, not only the religious ones, in Jewish culture, without turning back to the earliest history of the Jewish nation and ancient Israel. Many of those customs symbolically refer to the rituals performed in the Temple of Jerusalem; however, they follow them to a far more modest extent. Also, the Judaica presented on our website reminds us of the function and sometimes even the appearance of objects in the temple, the existence of which a pious Jew should never forget.
According to tradition, the Jews are descended from the patriarch Abraham, who lived around 2000 BC. Initially, they were a nation of shepherds and nomads, but soon they succeeded in creating a strong and independent country in the territory of today’s Palestine. One of the most important manifestations of strengthening the national and religious identity of the Israelites was the construction of the monumental Temple of Jerusalem around 1000 BC by King Solomon. This was where the so-called Most Holy Place (also known as the Holy of Holies) was located. According to the faith, it was sanctified by the divine presence in which the Ark of the Covenant was kept together with the Tables of the Ten Commandments. It is to this place that the aron (ha-) kodesz refers in today’s synagogues. In the 6th century BC, the invasion of the king of Babylonia, Nebuchadnezzar, put an end to the ancient state of Israel. The temple was completely destroyed. It was rebuilt, thus creating the so-called Second Temple. In the 4th century BC, Palestine was occupied by Alexander of Macedon, and, in 63 BC, it was taken over by the Romans. In 70 AD, Roman troops demolished the Second Temple, and, in 135 AD, the Roman Emperor Hadrian drove the Jews out of Jerusalem and forbade them from entering the city.
In the history of the Jewish people, the times of diaspora, i.e. the scattering, have begun, which, apart from the contemporary state created in 1948, continues to this day.
The Temple of Jerusalem has never been rebuilt. What remains of it is the Wailing Wall (West Wall). According to tradition, sheets of paper with requests to God are placed in the crevices between the stones from which it has been created. The longing for a single centre of religious worship and the reunification of the entire Jewish nation preoccupies the life of a religious Jew. It is also expressed in faith, that, after the coming of the Messiah, the Temple will be rebuilt.
This is also the genesis of the famous wish Leszana Haba B Jiruszalaim (“Next year in Jerusalem”, meaning the Holy City, the seat of the Temple), which is spoken during the Passover. Those celebrating the holiday in Jerusalem add: “In Jerusalem rebuilt”, emphasizing the fact that there is no Temple there.

Elaborated by Kinga Kołodziejska (Editorial team of Małopolskas Virtual Museums),
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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Poland License.

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