Biblical scenes, figures of Moses and Aaron, and a view of the Western Wall express a longing to return to Zion

Unknown Artist

The Mizrah is a classic ritual object that typically expresses a longing for the Promised Land. The Mizrah, literally meaning east, is placed on the eastern wall of a home or other private area where prayer takes place. European Jewish prayer is directed east, the orientation of Jerusalem from Europe. The Mizrah, therefore, serves as a reminder on a daily basis, of Jerusalem and the constant hope for a return to Zion.

Name: Mizrah
Artist: Unknown Artist
Origin: Germany, Early 20th Century
Medium: Print
Dimensions: 13 x 16 3/4 in.
Credit: Gift of Georgette Grosz Spertus from the Maurice Spertus Collection
Catalog Number: 70.1.27