The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

September 22, 2008

Need help with picture interpretation.

The following images are from a Machzor for Passover, published in 1929 in
Vilna, Poland; as you know, the fate of the Jewish community there was
disasterous, just a few years later. The book is published by Rozenkranz i
Szryftzecer and contains several pages in the beginning which may or may
not have been added to the original - they seem insertions done at the
time of the printing and binding but I'm not sure. (In fact the volume is
an odd compilation of sorts; the Haggadah per se is only a small part of
it.) There's a picture, which is reproduced below. It's a terrifying image
of a seder (the Hebrew title is HaSeder), a premonition of things to come.
It may be a contemporary image of a pogrom, an odd image of violence for a
holiday of joy and salvation (which 'salve' perhaps refers to - but then
there are armed men coming in - in fact, what _does_ salve mean in this
context?). I found this along with a collection of other Vilna books at
Sam Weller's store in Salt Lake City. Any suggestions or information you
might have about the image would be greatly appreciated. And thanks in
advance -

Thanks again, Alan -

by the way below are images from Utah related to Second Life texturing -
including a short video - solitude jpgs

to access the Odyssey exhibition The Accidental Artist:


alleviat alleviat abject slith slobb slopp slosh sludg
slush amyl barf bland bland anesthet flabb flesh
macerat masticat appease assuage assuage assuag balm
balsam syrup spikenard benumb bonus bount bribe
brilliantine calmat c eyewash eyewat butt cajol clabb
clamm clott coagulat compliar courtierl courtl crapp
toady tough tremelloid dope dose double time dress
dress creep comfort considera counterirritant cream
cushion daub beeswax eye-lo curdl disgust face cream
fee fo give relief ease matters drug dull ease fecal
fecul bacc dirt dough modulat mollifi mollif mephitic
fetid filth fine-spoken lo honorarium incentive pa
induce inunc gluelike glue gluten glycerol gratuit
grav grease grease temper gumlike gumm gumm gunk gush
heav honey-mouth hand squelch squush honey-tongu
lanolin lard largess la lenit lessen liberalit lini
insinuat inspissat inunctum lagniappe sposh
smooth-tongu soap jelli jellylike visc ungu unguentum
vulnerar wax wiser head smear malod mealymouth mitig
mitigat moderat pulplike pulp quagg slabb mucilagin
muck muc palli palliat palm oil peacemak perks past
mush nast nauseat mir muck mudd mush ooz past pith
maggot perquisite pomade pacifi obsequi odi oil
oily-tongu ooz ordur pomatum poultice pour balm into
pour oil on pourboire pulpar pulp pulpal narcotic nard
numb oil oint opi pacificat adhes adulat relieve remed
restrain hand puk putrid rank repuls rop plash scumm
scurf servile shitt slabb slipp dough fair-spoken fawn
sedat shock absorb slacken slake slick slick on rotten
scabb slobb slopp premium reduce relief Trinkgeld ab
aid alla allevi smarm smooth smooth-spoken slosh
slough sludg slush soft splash smooth the flatter
flyblown foul fulsome gaum gelatin glair glopp
soft-soap sposh squash squ chrism cold cream collyrium
blarney spong the wheels glutinose glutin gooe grum
gumbo gumbolike sportula stabiliz stupe subdue sweeten
squush starch stick stodg str sycophantic syrup squash
lo lubricant lubric lull medic jell succul turbid
yield soothe sooth sooth embroc embroca emolli tip
tranquiliz unc tack tenaci thick thicken hone ick
insincere tremellose uligin unctu vile viscid viscose
anodyne anoint wa soap the ways soften someth extra
vomit wheedl worm salvage yecchy deaden deaden the
pain demulc dimin dolorifuge donat pad

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