Re: Symbol on Tuttenauer Headstone Fwd: New photos on the website...

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Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2003 06:36:15 -0400

Marc brought up a few good points.
I would like to point out, that according to the Kabbalah of the Ari Z"L,
one uses a two handled cup to wash the hands with. And water is poured 3
times on each hand.

Others use a cup with only one handle. And they might wash 3 times, or
most usually 2 times and sometimes only one time on each hand.

It would be interesting to see the two handled cup motif on a stone, as
this would indicate the person followed the shita of the Ari Z'L and was
probably a chassid.
All the best,
Raanan Isseroff
Brooklyn, USA

On Sat, 19 Jul 2003 21:01:14 -0700 "Marc M. Cohen"
<> writes:
> Dear Czernowitzers,
> I looked at the new pictures and something struck my eye. At the
> top
> of the headstone on the right in "motut1.jpg" is a picture of a hand
> holding a pitcher and pouring water over another hand. I imagine
> two
> possible interpretations:
> 1. It is the symbol for a Levi to wash the hands of a Cohen before
> the Cohen performs the birkat Cohanim (priestly blessing), which is
> one of the few emblematic duties surviving for Leviim, or
> 2. It refers to the daily ritual of washing one's hands before
> meals
> with the brucha "al n'tilot yadain." The way the hands are drawn,
> they could be the left and right hands of the same person.
> However, the traditional n'tilot yadain pitcher has two handles so
> it
> can be alternated between the hands to wash each three times.
> Therefore, I am inclined to speculate that this relief carving
> represents the grave of a Levi who was ritually active.
> Cheers,
> Marc
> >Status: U
> >Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2003 08:18:25 -0700
> >From: jerome schatten <>
> >Subject: New photos on the website...
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> >To: "" <>
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> >Greetings Czernowitzers!
> >
> >If you've read Mimi Taylor's post to the list regarding her trip
> >this June to Bukovina/Czernowitz, then you should have a look
> >at the 26 photos she has provided from that trip which start at:
> >
> >
> >
> >There are captions on each picture, so be sure to scroll down
> >far enough to see them. If anyone wants a hi-resolution copy
> >of any of the pictures, I can provide same attached to an e-mail.
> >
> >I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I did.
> >
> >Best,
> >jerome
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