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The red fabric of the tunic and the silk embroidery on its front and sleeves distinguished Jewish women’s dress in the Tafilalet region. The women would wrap a fabric over their tunic and fasten it with pins.

The distinctive head covering of married women, the grun (“horns”), was an elaborate construction demanding much expertise to fit and adjust. On the eighth day of wedding celebrations, a married woman would put the grun on the new bride, who would thereafter do it herself every morning. It was believed that this head covering would ensure her a long and happy marriage.

The Israel Museum

Jewish privilege is

going to visit the Jewish History museum in New York, and knowing you’re in the right place before you can check the signs because there are police permanently stationed outside

having to go through a metal detector before you can go in

knowing that every other Jew in the building is terrified that they could be murdered for who they are at any minute, even in the heart of the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Jewish privilege is fearing for your life.

“No Place Like Home” is now on the view at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem through July 29, 2017.

Featuring Marcel Duchamp, Robert Therrien, and Andy Warhol, “No Place Like Home” transforms the museum’s galleries into a domestic interior, displaying artworks inspired by everyday household objects, inviting the visitor to reflect on the representation of the domestic realm in modern and contemporary art. Read more by clicking here
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Image: Robert Therrien, No title (table leg), 2010, wood and metal, 106 × 103 ½ × 109 inches (269.2 × 262.9 × 276.9 cm) © Robert Therrien.

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One Menorah, Many Generations

This menorah dates back to at least 1767, when it was donated to a synagogue in Buergel, Germany. The menorah was used in the synagogue until 1913, when it was found broken in pieces. A man by the name of Siegfried Guggenheim asked for the broken pieces and provided a replacement. The Guggenheim family restored the old menorah for their personal use, and brought it to the United States when they immigrated in the 1930s. Eventually, the menorah was acquired by the Jewish Museum in New York. 

When Prime Minister Ben-Gurion visited the United States in 1951, he searched for a suitable gift to give to Harry S. Truman in light of the President’s recognition and support of the State of Israel. The Jewish Museum suggested the menorah, and Prime Minister Ben-Gurion presented it to Truman on his birthday, May 8, 1951. It is now among the gifts from heads of state at the Truman Presidential Library and Museum.

In 2008, the menorah that was given to Harry S. Truman from David Ben-Gurion returned to the White House to be lit in a Hanukkah ceremony. Clifton Truman Daniel, grandson of President Truman, and Yariv Ben-Eliezer, grandson of Prime Minister Ben-Guiron, participated in the lighting. The George W. Bush Administration borrowed the menorah from the Truman Library.

Happy Hanukkah!

Images: 

Menorah presented to Harry S. Truman by Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion of Israel on 5/8/51.

David Ben-Gurion, Israeli Prime Minister, and Abba Eban, Israeli Ambassador to the United States, present Harry S. Truman with a menorah in the White House. 5/8/51.

Yariv Ben-Eliezer, grandson of David Ben-Gurion, and Clifton Truman Daniel,
grandson of Harry S. Truman, light the menorah for the annual White House Hanukkah Reception. 12/15/08.