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Havdalah spice box of Rabbi Jacob Raisin and Jane Lazarus Raisin
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Havdalah spice box of Rabbi Jacob Raisin
and Jane Lazarus Raisin

Warsaw, Poland, ca. 1810–1830
Silver
Private collection

This spice box belonged to Dr. Jacob S. Raisin, rabbi of Beth Elohim from 1915 to 1944, and his wife, Jane Lazarus Raisin, a descendant of the Lazarus and Hart families. To mark the transition between sacred and secular time as the Sabbath comes to an end, Jews observe the ceremony of havdalah, or “difference.” They light a twisted candle and pass around a spice box, fragrant with cloves.

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