Honey Dish of Rebbe Rashab of Lubavitch – On the Rebbe's Table Throughout the Festivals of Tishrei – With Letter of Authenticity Signed by His Granddaughter Rebbetzin Chanah Gurary

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Honey dish of Rebbe Shalom Dov Ber Schneersohn – Rebbe Rashab of Lubavich.
Glass, with silver lid. Marked (on lid) Sheffield, England, with maker's mark – Edward & William Smith, ca. mid-19th century.
Letter of authenticity enclosed (handwritten note, in English), signed in Hebrew by his granddaughter Rebbetzin Chanah Gurary (1899-1991), eldest daughter of Rebbe Rayatz: "I hereby gift… this silver and glass honey dish used by my grandfather the Rashab. The original spoon has been lost. My grandfather bought it during one of his trips abroad. It was made in England and all through the Yomim Tovim, Rosh Hashana until Hoshana Rabba, the[!] was on my grandfather's table". Dated 5th November 1989.

Enclosed is a wooden box which may have also been used by Rebbe Rashab (the box, which was given together with the honey dish, is not mentioned in the letter).


Rebbe Rashab was known as a sickly person, and he would travel frequently to various health spas in Europe, and to consult with professors. His first trip was to Paris in winter 1884, approximately a year after the passing of his father Rebbe Maharash and his appointment as rebbe. Since then, he made several trips to other countries, some which lasted for over half a year, during the course of which he delt extensively with communal matters. Amongst others, the Rashab visited France, Austria, Germany, Italy, Czechoslovakia, the Crimean Peninsula, and others. According to the enclosed letter, Rebbe Rashab bought the present honey dish on one of his visits abroad.
As mentioned in the letter, the present honey dish was placed on the table of Rebbe Rashab throughout the festivals of Tishrei, in accordance with the famous Chabad custom to dip bread in honey throughout the festivals of Tishrei, beginning from the first night of Rosh Hashana up until after Hoshana Rabba.


Height: approx. 9.5 cm. Good condition.

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Chabad