Guest Author: Robbie Cheadle – Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives

I am over at Sue Vincent‘s lovely blog with a post about the Hungarian Jewish Museum in Budapest. Thank you, Sue, for hosting me, it is always appreciated.

The Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives

The Hungarian Jewish Museum was constructed on the plot where Theodor Herzl‘s, known as the father of the State of Israel, two-story Classicist style house stood, and adjoins the Great Synagogue on Dohány Street in Budapest.

The museum holds the Jewish Religious and Historical Collection, a collection of religious relics of the Pest Hevrah Kaddishah (Jewish Burial Society), ritual objects of Shabbat and the High Holidays and a Holocaust room.

During my visit to Budapest in September 2019, I visited the Great Synagogue and the adjoining Jewish Museum. Three of the objects in the collection, that I found the most informative or poignant for varying reasons, are set out below, together with some information from the information plaques set out in the museum.

The above Hanukkah Menorah which is made of brass and intended for use in the Synagogue, was made in the 18th century in Poland. It is similar to the Golden Menorah of the Temple of Jerusalem except that the number of branches of the Menorah is different to the original. This is a requirement of Talmudic Law which forbids exact copies of sacred objects from the Temple in Jerusalem. The branches are decorated with blossoms and flowers, as described in the Second Book of Moses. The base stands on three small lions and on the top,  there is an eagle with outstretched wings. The eagle resembles the eagle on the Polish royal coat of arms and also denotes God.

Carry on reading hear:

14 thoughts on “Guest Author: Robbie Cheadle – Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives

  1. So much was lost during the Holocaust. And many Jews feel the word holocaust is misused or misrepresented to cover modern terrors. There is still much art and personal items that were stolen or that was left from the Jews who were trying to escape. Some family history will never be complete because of incomplete records.

    Thank you for sharing this information.

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      1. While the majority of the victims were Jews, others suffered also. There are many who stepped up to try and help, but their lives were taken from them too. Those children who lost everything who were sent away, all the Converso’s – not sure of that spelling but the Spanish who were made to convert. The Jews who survived but lost their heritage…

        There are still some people today who light candles in their closets on Friday night (I actually spoke to a service man who had come to the house who said his wife’s grandmother still did that)- but don’t know why. A family tradition… it was hiding the lighting of the Shabbos candles. Somewhere someone in their family was Jewish.

        There are many books about Jews who didn’t know they were Jews but by some odd bit of fate were gifted a Star of David by a dying relative… It is difficult to be any minority anywhere, but especially where disrespect is allowed.

        There is a modern cooking show called ‘Girl Meet’s Farm’ – She is of Jewish and Japanese heritage – her husband is Christian. There was an episode where she cooked for her combined family to celebrate both winter holidays.

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