Forgotten Judaica

Jewish Wedding Gifts

Each piece in the collection of Forgotten Judaica recalls the days when Jewish ceremonial and ritualistic items were enhanced and embellished by master craftsmen. Beautiful and evocative, any one of these carefully selected objects would make truly discerning and thoughtful Jewish wedding gifts. Jewish law forbade craftsmen of all walks to recreate images of the human figure, and so probably as far back as the third century, the master craftsmen of Judaica's objects expressed their artistry in the carving of other forms of nature.

These carvers produced vines and leaves representing grape vineyards and the making of wine, pomegranates and sunflowers being part of the daily family dining experience, and animal forms, such as lions and rams, which were familiar creatures in stories of historical importance. This Forgotten Judaica collection recalls an age where few were literate and therefore stories, legends, and brave deeds were depicted through carving or the fashioning of metals to assist the oral tradition of passing on history. As Jewish wedding gifts, the Forgotten Judaica objects would endow a home with the sense of optimistic continuity. A typically Jewish wedding gift might be one of the delightfully carved metal or wooden Mezuzah boxes, which contain the biblical verses that must be attached to the doorpost of a house to bring in the spiritual power and peace to the home.

Many of the Forgotten Judaica objects were created from tin, pewter, copper, silver, or bronze, and would sometimes be carved with a passage from the Torah or Talmud. Popular folk stories would be depicted and vegetable and fruit or animal carvings would allow the user to remember that life has value and that continued existence has a divine destiny. How very appropriate this philosophy is for pondering choices for Jewish wedding gifts.

The Forgotten Judaica collection includes walnut candle holders for Shabbat and spice bozxes that depict Abraham's ram. Each piece, be it a Torah pointer or a Tzedakah box, a Chanukah Menorah or a honey spoon, will inevitably evoke memories and experiences and a joyous realization of continuity. Jewish wedding gifts can be selected from many of the beautiful carpets of Jerusalem to Passover Seder plates or from poignant but lovely Kiddush cups. Each individual piece from the Forgotten Judaica collection is beautiful as well as functional. These sometimes whimsically crafted objects evoke memories of traditions and of the origins of their use.

The Morrison sisters, Lisa Van Allsburg and Laura Babai, together with their brother, David Morrison, travelled widely through eastern and central Europe and Israel to search for figurative objects for the Forgotten Judaica collection. They visited Jewish museums and small synagogues and took journeys leading to private collections, in the quest for objects from the late 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. They discovered a wealth of beautifully master-crafted pieces to add to the collection to be made available to clients wishing to purchase meaningful Jewish wedding gifts. This collection of Forgotten Judaica embodies the history of Jewish ritual and daily life and records the joyous continuity of a vital people. A visit to the website will reveal a carefully and lovingly assembled collection of Jewish wedding gifts.