Once you see Shraga Landesman Judaica
it will be hard to look at anything else. Presiding in Haifa he draws
upon the Bible, archeological finds in Israel, memories from his
childhood and nature for his inspiration. His creations include,
havdalah sets, Shabbat candlesticks, apple and honey dishes for Rosh
Hashanah, menorahs, kiddush cups and different framed pieces of art.
havadalah set was one of the items that I was first drawn to, and have
personally given as a wedding gift many times over. He uses both metals
and wood to create the four components of the set. There is the candle
holder in the shape of the pomegranate, the spice box in the shape of a
dove, the kiddush cup and the tray that all the pieces rest on. He uses
brass, aluminum or nickel as his metals along with beech wood. The set
looks more like an art piece than a ritual item. It is really breath
there are his menorahs which are equally breathtaking. His Tree Menorah
also called the Garden of Eden Menorah is composed of 2 trees: the tree
of life and the tree of knowledge. The antelope near the Tree of Life
symbolizes the material world. The bird by the Tree of Knowledge
symbolizes the spiritual world. The driving force behind this creation
is the question as to why trees were created on the sixth day, and not
on the day the rest of the plants were created. For Shraga the answer
lies in the text itself. The two verses dealing with the creation of Man
and the creation of trees on the sixth day are close together, and at
the end it is written "to know good or bad".
also cannot forget Shraga Landesman's apple and honey dishes. The
apple and honey dish is made from stainless steel and beech wood. The
Hebrew words for Happy New Year is cut into the stainless steel. There
is a little glass bowl that rests on the tray for the honey. Like all of
his pieces this dish comes straight from Israel.
If only we had enough time and space to highlight all his pieces, but that is just not the reality. To view many of Shraga Landesman's click the link below.
Featured Artist: Shraga Landesman