“If I forget thee O Jerusalem,
may my right hand be forgotten”
“It was my dream to come to Jerusalem. Jews have been praying for Jerusalem through the centuries for thousands of years, going back even to the time of the exile in Babylon,” said Theo Siebenberg in the National Geographic documentary “Jerusalem: Within These Walls.”
“The sense of the continuity of Jewish history comes right up from the basement. Here, in one spot, you can see Jewish history vertically,” he said in an interview with The New York Times.
This key ring is an exact replica in Sterling Silver or gold plate of the key found at the Siebenberg House excavations in the Upper City of Jerusalem. The key evidently belonged to the Lady of the house that was uncovered, and was used by her to open her jewelry box.
The Sabbath Tractate of the Talmud addresses whether a lady is permitted to wear this type of key on the Sabbath, since a key was considered a tool, and therefore could not be carried on that day. The sages decided that if the key were fashioned out of gold or silver it would be considered jewelry, which could be worn on the Sabbath.