Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Hands of a Kohen

A grave of a KOHEN in Lubaczow.

The two hands on a gravestone symbolizes a descendant of Aharon HaKohen, the brother of Moses who led the Jewish people out of Egypt.

The KOHANIM were the priests in the Temple in Jerusalem, and still have important religious functions in Jewish life. The status goes from father to son. The design of the hands comes from the Blessing of the KOHANIM, the Priestly Blessing.

I have seen this symbol on many graves in many cemeteries in Europe and in Israel, but this gravestone in Lubaczow came with something new.

Without thinking too much about it, I had earlier seen the two hands just as a twodimensional symbol.

Suddenly on this gravestone, the hands became threedimensional hands, even showing the detailed lines on the inside of the hand.

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