Dec 08, 2021

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Founded in 1946 by Yitzchak Bier Z”L, Bier Judaica, a family silversmith workshop is managed today by 2nd and 3rd generation family members. The workshop, located at the heart of Jerusalem is rich in history and tradition and considered a true legacy. If you are ever in Jerusalem, feel free to swing by and pay them a visit.

“For over 70 years, they have been designing and creating for their customers, handmade artistic Judaica using uncompromising traditional handicraft work. Nowadays they are being challenged by the new generation of customers, asking us to create innovative designs and creative artwork alongside preserving traditional quality and care.

But a few months ago, they encountered an extraordinary request by one of the sons of a very special and honorable lady, named Rachel (her true name was changed due to a privacy request).

Every year on Pessach, Rachel (Bobbie) celebrates her birthday and her own personal redemption after surviving the holocaust and starting a family.

This last Pessach, Rachel (Bobbie) celebrated together with her family, her 100th birthday!

In honor of the birthday, her son surprised the members of the family with a special and original gift: A silver hand.

As you can see in the pictures the words of the verse “May your hand be holy, and bless the Lord” (Psalm 134: 2) cut out from the silver base as great gratitude to Hashem for all the miracles alongside a glorious family. 

The verse “May your hand be holy, and bless the Lord” (Psalm 134: 2) cut-out from the silver base as great gratitude to Hashem (courtesy: Bier Judaica)

On the base side of this special item, they also chose to engrave the number she has taken with her everywhere for over 80 years: A-18740.

This is the number that was tattooed on her arm In the Auschwitz camp during WWII. The silver hand is being used during the daily ritual of morning handwashing and at times prior to meals. Her son ordered a few identical items for the entire family to have it as a memory for generation to come and to share with his mom that she is not alone, nor she will be forgotten. 

A-18740 is now on other hands as well, hands that are connected to purity, safety, family gathering, and sustainability.

Bier Judaica is very grateful for our great privilege to take part in such an important, meaningful, and exciting moment in this family life.

As they were crafting the art, they carried a prayer to Hashem that Bobbie will continue to smile in health together with her special family.

 If you want to share with us your family stories or ever need a special handmade Jerusalemite gift please contact Yoseph Bier through our online shop by clicking here.