THE ILLUSTRATED PITUM HAKTORES
The custom of the recitation of Seder Pitum Hakatores "the formulation of the incense offering" is recommended by many rabbinical sources to be said from a hand written parchment. The sefer Kaf HaChaim states "The recitation of Pitum Hakatores from a parchment written like a sefer Torah has a segulah (spiritual nature) to merit wealth and to be successful in all of ones enterprises". This benefit can be attributed to the great significance that Hashem places for the recitation of the formulation of the Ketores (incense offering). Rabbi Hirsch comments that the incense offering symbolizes
The Ketores is a blend of incense with its ingredients specifically prescribed by the traditional Torah sources. It comprises eleven fragrances. The text of the Ketores recounts them in the following order: 1) Balsam, 2) Onycha 3) Galbanum
4) Frankincense 5) Myrrh 6) Cassia 7) Spikenard 8) Saffron 9) Costus 10) Cinnamon bark 11) Cinnamon.
A unique exquisitely illustrated Seder Pitum Hakatores is available, written by expert sofrim (scribes) on kosher klaf, depicting the ingredients of the Ketores in order of the text (from right to left). Also depicted are three of the main vessels of the Beis Hamikdash (the
This masterful artwork is printed on parchment by using an exclusive high quality, high-tech, lithograph-like printing process. Additional hours of hand coloration by the artist enhance the end product to the degree of an original art piece. There are a couple of styles of the main theme of the Illustrated Ketores available, all based on the ingredients of the Ketores and vessels of the
Many early and later Rabbinical and Kabbalistic authorities encourage the recitation of Psalm 67 "Lamanatzayach B'Neginos" to be said in the configuration of the Menorah. These authorities tell us that its recitation in this manner has a segulah (spiritual nature) to merit great success in many of ones endeavors. The Chida recommends that one should read it in this fashion written on parchment. The Ben Ish Chai adds that one should read it with the parchment in an upright position so that the form of the Menorah is in the position as it was standing in the sanctuary of the
The Illustrated Ketores is an exceptional gift item for ones Rabbi, family member, friend, choson (groom) or someone special (that can be YOU!). This is truly an outstanding gift for any occasion. The Illustrated Ketores is a magnificent Judaica collector's quality art piece.