20th Century Fish Spice Container

20th century

Spice Container in fish shape, brass and glass. Ritual container for spices used during Havdalah service.

Identifer: CJF.2009.001.142


Shabbat; Items on Display

University of Cincinnati Hillel Collection

The Havdalah service marks the end of Shabbat, on Saturdaynight. Three things are necessary for this ritual: a glass of wine or other liquid, fragrant spaces and a special Havdalah candle. The second blessing is recited over fragrant spices; these represent a compensation for the loss of the special sabbath spirit. These spices are commonly kept in a special decorated box called a b'samim box. 

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