The first time a Jew’s name was written on a holy object
A Jewish holy object was placed inside a temple in England on Monday, and the name of its creator has been engraved on a new one, the first time the name has been written on an object in the English capital in a Jewish religious ritual.
The bronze stone, the second of two holy objects in the Church of England, was made in a specially constructed workshop at the Church’s St. Giles Church in Newham, east London.
It is the first religious artifact of its kind in England and is the subject of an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The object, called “The Stone of the First Hebrew,” was given to St. Martin’s College, Oxford, by Rabbi Avi Levy, who converted the former Jewish synagogue into a religious museum in 1924.
Levy, who died in 2000, was also known for his efforts to convert Jewish schools into synagogues and to convert Jews into Christians, and was also a devout Muslim.
The stone was made by a team of 15 men in England in the 1880s and was used by Levy to transform the synagogue, which is located at the corner of Oxford Street and St. Paul’s Road in the city’s south end.
It was purchased by the Metropolitan Library and later donated to the church.
The name “Simon,” a diminutive of the Hebrew letter for “Simon” which means “great” and is pronounced as “shilwe,” has been inscribed on the new stone.
The inscription says that the stone is “the very stone of Solomon” and that it is a “sacred item” for “every Jew” and “a token of the great covenant with God.”
The new stone, which weighs about 1,500 grams, is expected to be in the collection of the Metropolitan museum of art from March 2019 to December 2021.