On day last month, when the sun was shining outside, I was sitting in a basement doing one of the things I most love doing: reading old newspapers – editions of Haaretz from the 1950s, to be precise. This is cheating a little bit, as this blog is meant to be dedicated to the Mandate Period, but it is still newspaper-based and historical, so I figured I could get away with it. You can see the results of my afternoon in the basement in an earlier post. That same afternoon, a number of adverts (and one print) caught my eye as I flicked through the yellowed pages. Just for fun, here they are:
And last but not least, here is my favourite. A 1531 print showing the Kaparot ceremony, which takes place on the eve of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. If you aren’t familiar with this ritual, it involves transferring your sins to a chicken by swinging it above your head.