Towards the Eternal Center: Israel, Jerusalem, and the Temple

Seder Birkhat ha-Mazon. . .im Tikkunei Keriat Shema

Mannheim, 1736
ms. 8230

The charming depiction of Jerusalem illustrates the third benediction of the Grace After Meals, which beseeches God for the rebuilding of the city. Tradition relates that King David and his son Solomon, together, formulated the wording for this blessing. Depictions of Jerusalem during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries reflect the romantic attitudes about the Holy City. During this period, Jerusalem is rendered with spires and castles grouped together, resembling a prosperous European city rather than a Mediterranean capital. This manuscript, written for Bella of Frankfurt, is testimony to the popular eighteenth-century custom of creating miniature manuscripts for private use.