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Crowning Moments

Libi Astaire

While our coronation of the King of Kings is a ceremony of spirit, we humans still imagine a crown — perhaps we envision a most magnificent creation of gold and jewels? Do we think of the Crown Jewels? The royal crown of Louis XV? Throughout history, the crown made the king (unless he had to pawn it to cover bad debts).

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

We live in a world of symbols. They can be words, images, or things, but symbols help us navigate the world and understand what we are seeing. One of the best-known symbols is the crown. Whether the crown is placed atop a sefer Torah or, l’havdil, on the head of a non-Jewish monarch, when we see it we know that we are in the presence of either royalty or authority, or both. It’s not surprising, then, that royal crowns are usually made from the most precious materials that a ruler can acquire. But despite their great value, or perhaps because of it, crowns have had a habit of being lost or stolenand the lore surrounding them can be as intriguing as the plot of a modern-day thriller.


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