Venice has been a large center of Jewish life and culture in the middle ages, with vibrant Jewish community that included people of Ashkenazi, Levantine, and Sephardic origins, who fled persecution in other parts of Europe and beyond. While not exactly a progressive society, Venice of those days was nevertheless more tolerant of Jews than many other places, and despite their relative isolation, Jews took part in many aspects of Venetian life, such as medicine and commerce. Infamous for being the very first ghetto in the world, the Venetian 'getto' (a word from Venetian dialect) was a place where Jewish people lived, practiced their religion, treasured their culture, and it is where Jews still live today, albeit in much smaller numbers.
This meticulously crafted rabbi created by local Murano glass artisans stands as the reminder of the thriving Jewish culture and religious tradition that existed in Venice for over 500 years, and symbolizes its continuity and strength. Holding Talmud, the key book of Judaism, this wise scholarly Murano Glass rabbi sustains the light of Jewish heritage and offers hope for the better, more enlightened future.
Enjoy this fine Venetian sculpture representing the continuity of Jewish heritage, or give it as a gift to your Jewish friends or loved ones as a symbol of endurance and vitality of Jewish culture.
- Measurements: The rabbi sculpture measures approximately 5 inches in height.
- Made entirely by hand in a traditional Murano workshop by a family that has been making Murano Glass for several generations.
- The sculpture comes well packaged to avoid damage in transit and comes with the certificate of authenticity.
- Because each Murano Glass piece is a unique work of art made by hand, some variations of colors and patterns are possible.