Judaica – Perfect World Museum January 23 2013
Along the history of mankind people used art in order to express their religious feelings of respect, love, awe, devotion etc.
Millennia of the history of Jewish art – Judaica, have generated countless treasures of artifacts, styles, traditions that manifested people's aspirations, hopes, dreams, and deep emotions.
Kabbalistic teachings are based on a rule that claims that spiritual entities – roots, are represented in our sensual, physical (limited) reality by worldly symbols – branches. That means that everything around us, the human body, nature (animals, plants, celestial bodies, etc.) and so on, can represent celestial ideas, divine forces and angelic powers that cannot be felt by the five senses.
The Biblical texts and many other Jewish scriptures contain symbols that are very easy to manifest in art and therefore they can be found in Jewish Ceremonial Art along the generations. Kabbalistic teachings always had the explanations to the different symbols and their meanings.
Kabbalah gives a systematic explanation to everything we know in this reality that includes details like why do people have five fingers in every hand or what is the meaning of the different colors of the rainbow.
Performing a ritual, a Mitsva, with an artifact that is especially beautiful and expensive showed, along many generations, appreciation to God and to the ritual He gave to people. This is why Jewish ceremonial artifacts have been usually made by artists and skilled craftsmen.
Therefore, it was inevitable that Kabbalistic symbolism and motifs have always filled the art of making Jewish Ceremonial artifacts or in the building of sacred spaces like Synagogues, Academies and even private homes.
Perfect World Museum has a goal to reveal the hidden meanings of these ancient symbols and motifs; and to uncover historical artifact that are hidden in cellars of museums or in private collections.