Waves Jerusalem Sharon

  • Issue: December 1995
  • Designer: R. Kantor / A. Friedman
  • Stamp size: 25.7 x 40 mm
  • Sheet of 3 stamps
  • Printers: E. Lewin-Epstein Ltd.
  • Method of printing: Offset

Since it's appearance on the stage of history, Jerusalem has been embraced by the entire world as a symbol of the hopes, dreams and yearnings which comprise the emotional and spiritual spectrum of the human experience. 3000 years ago King David made Jerusalem the capital of his Kingdom and the political and religious centre of the Jewish nation. it is unique among cities. Blessing and inspiration have flowed from Jerusalem; the city has called forth religious longing and artistic creativity in all ages, In continents around the globe.

Jerusalem, rich with sacred historical sites, with treasures of art and culture remains a spiritual focal point, holy to the three monotheistic religions. Millions of believers view Jerusalem with reverence. While rich in tradition and heritage, Jerusalem is also a vibrant cultural and cosmopolitan metropolis, attracting visitors, tourists and pilgrims from around the world.

At a time when old hatreds are diminishing, we look to Jerusalem to herald a new way that will allow hope and inspiration to shine upon the world from David's City.

Description of the Souvenir Sheet:

Right hand stamp of the Souvenir Sheet
The stamp shows part of a mosaic pavement from the Gaza Synagogue, 6th century CE, depicting King David playing the harp.

On the corner of the stamp: a picture of the stamped sealing (bulla) of the biblical scribe, Gemariah son of Shafan, found In the City of David excavations, dated end of the First Temple period, (By courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority).

In the background: a fragment of the Judean Desert Temple Scroll, dated late Second temple period. (By courtesy of the Shrine of the Book, the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.); Silver tetradrachm of Bar-Cochba 132-135 CE.

Obverse: Facade of the Temple in Jerusalem. (shown on the souvenir sheet)

Reverse: The Four Species (Tabernacles.)

Middle stamp
The stamp shows an illustration of Jerusalem taken from a map of Eretz Israel drawn by Rabbi Pinie of Safed in the 19th century

On the corner of the stamp: a picture of part of a 19th century seal made of cast brass from Fez, Morocco.

In the background: a photograph of the Western Wall, Jerusalem, taken by J.B. Bonfils in the 19th century The items are reproduced by courtesy of the Gross Family Collection which was exhibited in the "Jerusalem - Spirit and Matter Exhibition" held by the Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv, Autumn 1993); an imaginary picture of Ha-Ramban Synagogue in Jerusalem, during the 17th and 18th centuries. (The synagogue was built during the 13th century).

Left hand stamp
The stamp shows a present day aerial photograph of the Knesset (Israel Parliament), government buildings and the Supreme Court taken by Duby Tal, Moni Haramati - Albatross, Aerial Photography.

On the corner of the stamp: the Menorah, the emblem of the State of Israel.

in the background: an excerpt from the Declaration of Independence; and a section of Mlchaelangelo's David, 1504.

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Jerusalem 3000 years city of David - souvenir sheet