HOLIDAY SEASON CHARITY AUCTION: DEC 21-23
SUPPORTING THE ISRAEL ALLIES FOUNDATION
SHARE THE LIGHT
"I will make you a light unto the nations, so that My
salvation may reach the ends of the Earth." - Isaiah 49:6
The Israel Allies Foundation (IAF) works with the U.S. Congress and parliaments around the world to mobilize faith-based support for Israel. We equip an active global network of over 1,200 pro-Israel legislators in 50 countries with the tools they need to combat BDS, root out anti-Semitism, and stand with Israel’s right to safe and secure borders in its historic homeland.
HOLY SITES OF JERUSALEM
HAND-CRAFTED MEZUZAH CASE
This hand-crafted Bezalel-style Mezuzah case features detailed carvings and text depicting the Tombs of the Kings from the House of David, the Prophet Samuel, the Matriarch Rachael, as well as the Western Wall. A Mezuzah case encapsulates a piece of animal parchment inscribed with specific verses from the Torah (Deuteronomy 6:4–9 and 11:13–21), including the Shema Yisrael, a Biblical prayer beginning with the phrase: "Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.” Affixed to the doorpost of Jewish homes across the world for thousands of years, hanging a Mezuzah fulfills the mitzvah or Biblical commandment to, "write the words of God on the gates and doorposts of your house" (Deuteronomy 6:9).
The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts was established in Jerusalem by artist Boris Schatz in 1906. The school evolved into one of the most prestigious art institutions in the world and is synonymous with over a century of Israeli art, innovation and excellence.
9.5 X 2in; Wood and Bone; In Good Condition
"Then the Lord said to Moses, See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all manner of workmanship - to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts." -Exodus 31:1-5
ANTIQUE SHOFAR WITH ENGRAVINGS
OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
FLANKED BY TWO LIONS OF JUDAH
A Shofar is traditionally made from a ram’s horn and blown like a trumpet during the Jewish High Holidays. The four distinct sounds created in synagogue include; Tekiah, Shevarim, Teruah, and Tekiah Gedolah - each reminiscent of a crying voice. Hearing the Shofar’s call reminds us to be introspective and repent for past sins.
The Shofar is evocative of the story of Abraham binding Isaac, the Torah portion read on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. It recalls the image of the ram which Abraham ultimately sacrificed in lieu of his favorite son - a reflection of our personal relationship with God, similar to a parent-child relationship.
The commandments to sound the Shofar are found in both Leviticus and Numbers, but are also referenced for use in battles during war, as in the fall of Jericho under the conquest of Joshua.
"And it shall be that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, when you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down in its place and the people shall go up, every man opposite him."
- Joshua 6:5
20in; Horn; In Good Condition
WITH ENGRAVED LETTERING FROM PSALMS
EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY
LAND OF ISRAEL
The hand-engraving reads in Hebrew:
תקעו בחדש שופר בכסה ליום חגנו
"Blow the Shofar when the moon is covered." -Psalms 81:4
12in; Horn; In Good Condition
MACCABEES HANUKKAH MENORAH
MID TWENTIETH CENTURY
Hanukkah is the festival of the dedication of the Holy Temple. It is celebrated in memory of the joyful day that the Maccabees rededicated the Temple in Jerusalem, after they had defeated the Syrian-Greeks.
The Hanukkiah Menorah is name for the the nine-branched candelabrum that is used during the Hanukkah festival. During the holiday at home, a candle is lit for eight days, one more every day. The candles are lit using an extra candle, the Shamash (servant).
8 X 7.5In; Brass; In Good Condition
TWO LIONS OF JUDAH
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
This Hanukkiah was likely crafted by the Jewish immigrant metal-smiths on New York's Lower East Side. Here we find two lions of Judah supporting a Temple Menorah, Torah Crown, and topped with a Star of David.
An identical piece is held in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection in Washington D.C.
The lion of Judah is one of the national symbols of the Jewish People, connected to the Tribe of Judah, King David and the Messiah. Over the centuries, we often find the lion displayed in Jewish art to signify divine power, communal protection, and the salvation of Israel.
8 X 7in; Brass; In Good Condition
THE STORY OF KING DAVID
HAND-SIGNED LITHOGRAPH BY REUVEN RUBIN
Reuven Rubin (1893-1974) is considered one of the most renowned and famous Israeli artists worldwide with works in collections of leading museums such as MoMA (New York), Musee d’art Moderne (Paris), Jewish Museum (New York) and others. He was born in Romania in 1893 and immigrated to Israel in 1912, settling in Jerusalem. A year after he traveled to Paris to study at Ecole Des Beaux-Art, finally returning to Israel to begin a lifelong career depicting his lens on Israel and the Bible. Rubin’s work sings with the joy of living in a country drenched with sun, blossoming flowers, luscious fruits and in silver foliage of an age-old tree. Rubin identified with the biblical essence of Israel, with its people and pioneering land. In his language of imagery he told us biblical parables in a magical and extraordinary way. Before us is Rubin's depiction of King David playing his lyre, surrounded by myriads of shofar blowing attendants inside the Jerusalem city walls.
25.5 x 19.5in; Arches Paper Edition of Only 250; In Good Condition
PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU
HAND-SIGNED SPEECH GIVEN TO UNITED STATES CONGRESS
JULY 10, 1996
During his first term as Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu was honored with an invitation to address a Joint Session of Congress. In his remarks, he praised America’s commitment to world peace and spoke of his own commitment to securing peace in the Middle East. He also emphasized Israel’s security, promising to adhere to the Jewish state’s agreements with the Palestinian Arabs but not to negotiate with neighboring states who incite or support terrorism against Israel. In this historic speech Netanyahu reaffirmed that, “there will never be a re-division of Jerusalem.”
"We have a common vision of how societies should be governed, of how civilization should be advanced. We both believe in eternal values, we both believe in the Almighty. We both follow traditions hallowed by time and experience. We admire America not only for its dynamism, and for its power, and for its wealth. We admire America for its moral force. As Jews and as Israelis, we are proud that this moral force is derived from the Bible and the precepts of morality that the Jewish people have given the world."
Hand-signed double autographs in both English and Hebrew written in blue ink.
11.75 x 8.25in; Ten Pages Stapled; In Very Good Condition
ORNAMENTAL KNESSET PLATTER
"A NATIONAL HOME FOR THE JEWISH PEOPLE"
The Balfour Declaration was issued in 1917, pledging the British government's support for the establishment of a Jewish National Home with the Jews sovereign in Eretz Yisrael. This copper platter honors that historic date, highlighting the Israeli Parliament Knesset building with the words "A National Home for the Jewish People- 1917-1977", with a central hole for display mounting. Surrounding the inner roundel is a beautifully decorated Star of David with intricate Temple menorahs.
9.6in; Copper; In Good Condition
“Fear not for I am with you; from the east I will bring your seed, and from the west I will gather you. I will say to the north, “Give,” and to the south, “Do not refrain”; bring My sons from afar and My daughters from the end of the earth.” - Isaiah 43:5-6
BALFOUR DECLARATION DAY POSTER
ISSUED BY KEREN HAYESOD
NOVEMBER 2ND, 1925
JERUSALEM, LAND OF ISRAEL
It is no exaggeration that the history of Israel has turned on the seminal Balfour Declaration of November 2nd 1917. The Declaration was the fruit of twelve months’ negotiations between a group of British Zionist leaders and British government officials. For many, political support for the Jewish State came from the Biblical prophesy of the return of the Jews to Zion. The Declaration was contained in a letter dated 2 November 1917 from the United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Lord Rothschild, a leader of the British Jewish community, for transmission to the Zionist Federation led by Chaim Weizmann.
This impactful poster designed in early 20th Century Hebrew script is bordered with Stars of David. This item speaks to the respect that the Jewish residents of Jerusalem had for Lord Balfour and the support of those like-minded benefactors of the rebirth of Israel in the British Parliament.
29 x 20n; Ink on Paper; In flawed condition not affecting stunning presentation
"Dear Lord Rothschild, I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet. His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object...I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation. Yours sincerely, Arthur James Balfour" -Text from the original Balfour Declaration
DAVID BEN-GURION, ISRAEL : A PERSONAL HISTORY
HAND-SIGNED COMMEMORATIVE EDITION
TEL AVIV / NEW YORK
This commemorative edition of David Ben-Gurion's book “Israel: A Personal History” is boldly signed by the author himself on the title page. This is a near perfect printing of his published recollections of the founding of the State of Israel. Sponsored by the United Jewish Appeal, this epic narrative features historic documents, personal correspondences and speeches from Israel’s first Prime Minister while sharing his perspective on the history of the Jewish People from Abraham to the 19th Century Ottoman-era Jewish resettlement, from the rise of a nationalist-Zionist movement under the British Mandate to the establishment of the modern Jewish State. A timeless treasure for every generation, this unique edition is a testimony to the enduring spirit of the Jewish People.
Funk & Wagnalls / Sabra Books, 862 Pages with Illustrations, In Fine Condition
“Ours is a country built more on people than on territory. The Jews will come from everywhere: from France, from Russia, from America, from Yemen… Their faith is their passport.”
– David Ben-Gurion
EARLY DECORATIVE PRINTING OF HATIVKAH
ZIONIST ANTHEM PRINTED ON SILK: "THE HOPE"
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Well before the founding of Israel in 1948, this memento was printed on silk pre-WWI with the flag of the Zionist Movement, envisioned by Theodore Herzl, waiving above musical bars and a stanza of Hativkah or "The Hope" in Englsih. "The Hope" is a 19th-century Jewish poem and today's national anthem of Israel. The theme of the romantic composition reflects the Jews' 2,000-year-old hope of returning to the Land of Israel, restoring it, and reclaiming it as a free and sovereign nation. Its lyrics are adapted from a poem by Naftali Herz Imber.
“O while within a Jewish breast
Beats true a Jewish heart,
And Jewish glances turning East
To Zion fondly dart"
– Naftali Herz Imber, “Hatikvah”
4 x 2.75in; Woven Silk; In Good Condition
BIRTH OF ISRAEL SILVER SPOON
BABY ISRAEL IS BORN
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A traditional gift for a newborn baby boy according to some ancient customs is a silver spoon in the hope that the child will grow up “with a silver spoon in his mouth.” Here we have a beautifully sentimental example of such for the rebirth of the Nation of Israel in 1948, complete with a child's grinning face and the raised text: "1948 - Birth of Israel"
6in; Silver Plated; In Good Condition
“For this child did I pray, and the Lord granted me my request, which I asked of Him.”
- 1 Samuel 1:27
EARLY HAND-CRAFTED FLAG
STATE OF ISRAEL
We love seeing these retired old flags honored in style when framed prominently on the wall. Nothing compares to the pride one feels when knowing that the star and stripes of Israel’s blue and white flag had a long life fluttering in the breeze. More than a state, Israel is a people, a faith and a light unto the nations. In less than a century, Israel’s flag has become an iconic representation of the painful past, prodigious present and fantastic future of the Jewish People - at home and abroad.
This hand-crafted flag, sewn during the earliest days of the creation of the state, pays homage to the sacrifices of Israel’s founding Zionists. These pioneers secured the miracle of modern statehood for generations to come. This flag reminds us all that the Jewish People, wherever they may be, are united by the idea and ideals for which Israel so staunchly stands.
55 x 36.5in; Linen; In Good Condition
THE SONG OF SONGS OF KING SOLOMON
PORTFOLIO OF 12 DRY-POINT ETCHINGS
HAND-SIGNED BY SALVADOR DALI
Famed Spanish artist and Surrealist icon Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) was known to have been enamored with the creation of Israel and inspired by the Bible's vision.
Before us is Dali's acclaimed 'Song of Songs of King Solomon' portfolio, containing twelve etchings in stencil colors with gold dust gilding. Published by Leon Amiel of Paris and New York in 1971 and printed by Jacques David of Paris, this set is numbered 40 out of an edition of 250 on Arches paper. The folded and loose (as issued) etchings are contained in the original blue, linen-covered portfolio case decorated with a cast bronze medallion, accompanied by a title page, colophon and text pages. Each of the etchings is hand-signed by Dali in the lower right corner.
The Song of Songs is a book included in the Writings, which is the last section of the Old Testament. It is unique within the Bible in that it shows no interest in law or historical accounts. Instead, it celebrates love, giving the voices of two lovers, praising each other, yearning for each other, proffering invitations to enjoy. The two lovers are in harmony, each desiring the other and rejoicing in intimacy. Jewish tradition interprets the Song of Songs as an allegory of the relationship between God and the People of Israel. It is read on Passover's Shabbat, which commemorates God redeeming the Jews during the Exodus. When portraying and transforming the didactic and allegorical message of this ancient love song for the ages, Dali reinterpreted it in a contemporary manner with modern tastes, drawing inspiration from his love for Gala, his wife, lifelong muse, and spiritual companion.
The 12 etchings included in the portfolio are titled as follows: King Solomon; The Kiss; The Shepherd; The King's Train; The Dovelike Eyes of the Bride; The Bridegroom Leaps upon the Mountains; The Beloved Looks Forth Like a Roe; The Beloved is as Fair as a Company of Horses; Thou art Fair, My Love, and Thy Breasts...; The Beloved Feeds Among the Lilies; The Fruits of the Valley; Return, O Shulamite.
23 x 16 x 15in, In Excellent Condition
אני לדודי ודודי לי
“I am my beloved's,
and my beloved is mine”
- Song of Songs 6:3