Tower clock and pocket watch with hebrew letters

Jewish people and time

Today’s society is driven by stress. Stop for a moment and think about different perceiving of time. Throughout history, time has played a significant role in the lives of Jewish people. From the observance of Shabbat, a weekly day of rest, to the celebration of holidays such as Passover and Hanukkah, time has been a central element of Jewish religious and cultural practices. Additionally, the Jewish calendar, which is based on both lunar and solar cycles, dictates the timing of important events and festivals. Time has also marked important historical moments for Jewish people, including the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 and the commemoration of the Holocaust during Yom HaShoah. Overall, time holds great importance in the lives of Jewish people, shaping their religious observances, cultural traditions, and historical milestones.

Prague Jewish tower clock

Prague Jewish town hall was constructed adjacent to the Old New Synagogue on the corner of Maiselova and Červená Ulice at Josefov in Prague in 1586 in Renaissance style under the sponsorship of Mayor Mordechai Maisel. It acquired its Rococo facade in the 18th century. It is still the seat of the Rabbi. There is the pretty little tower on its rooftop. On each side, there is a clock. But the most curious one is in the gable below the tower. Like many other Jewish clocks, it displays Hebrew letters instead of Roman numerals. But, curiously, the arms of the clock run backwards. By the legend the clockmaker believed that Jews, reading from right to left, would need such a clock. Isn’t it symbolic that, in this ancient place, time runs back into the past? Hebrew clock was made by Sebastien Landersberger, a Prague clockmaker, and installed in 1764. You will not find anything comparible in the whole world.

Watches with hebrew letters

Jewish dials already appeared on watches from the 18th and 19th centuries. Usually it is pretty expensive. Watches with Hebrew letters are timepieces that feature Hebrew characters on their dials. These watches are designed to cater to individuals who are fluent in Hebrew or have a strong connection to the language. The Hebrew letters add a unique and culturally significant touch to the watch, making it a meaningful accessory for those who appreciate Hebrew culture and language. Whether worn for personal or religious reasons, watches with Hebrew letters offer a distinctive way to display time while honoring the rich heritage of the Hebrew language.

The Prague Jewish Watch

The Prague Jewish pocket watch is a historically significant timepiece that originated in Clock Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic. It is known for its extraordinary craftsmanship and cultural significance within the Jewish community. This pocket watch serves as a tangible reminder of the rich history and traditions of the Jewish people in Prague. The watch features delicate engravings and symbols that represent Jewish heritage and faith. It is a testament to the skilled artisans who created it and the enduring legacy of the Jewish community in Prague.

What do you think? It’s a really unusual item. You will never lose track of time again with such unique instrument. These enchanting vintage pocket watches are perfect for classy attire or fine dining events, as they promote elegance and luxury. Let’s start to measure the time after the Jewish way.

How to wear Prague Jewish watch?

The traditional way to wear a pocket watch is attached to a chain. They are ordinary attached on a vest through a specific vertical buttonhole. Included chain helps to protect watches from falling to floor and keep them in correct position.

How to use Prague Jewish watch?

The watch is wind-up by stem on the top in a clockwise direction. The winding wheel is equipped with ratchetting mechanism, so the watch only winds-up in one direction; other direction just make it easier. It you turn the winding stem and feel it starts to be more harder means will be wind-up fully. When the stem is pulled „out“ (away from the watch movement) the watch is in the time setting position and turning the crown will engage the setting mechanism. For opening and closing the case, you just press the stem on the top.

Where to buy Prague Jewish Watch?

Mozarteum, Jungmannova 748/30,
110 00 Praha – Staré Město

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