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  (XI) Obj. ID: 33043 On the Doorstep of the Synagogue (Al Saf Beyt haMidrash על סף בית המדרש),From H. N. Bialik, Jubilee Edition of his Works (Berlin: Hovevey haSafa haIvrit Publication, 1923), Berlin, 1923. // Budko, Joseph (painter, 1888-1940) edit  
Category: Modern Jewish Art


2 Name/Title On the Doorstep of the Synagogue (Al Saf Beyt haMidrash על סף בית המדרש) | Unknown
3a Object Woodcut
Illustration
3b Object Detail From H. N. Bialik, Jubilee Edition of his Works (Berlin: Hovevey haSafa haIvrit Publication, 1923)
4a Artist/ Maker Budko, Joseph (painter, 1888-1940) (Unknown)
5 Date 1923
6 Period Unknown
6a Period Detail
7 Origin Germany | Berlin (Bundesland) | Berlin
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8 Community Unknown |
9 Collection Unknown |
9b Documentation/
Research project
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10 Location Unknown |
11 Site Unknown
12 School/Style Unknown|
13 Iconographical Subject Synagogue interior |
14 Category
17 Photographer Unknown
18 Photograph Date
19 Negative/ Photo. No.
19 Remarks
20 Description

The following text was written by Alec Mishory.

The subject of On the doorstep of the Synagogue is a young man's return to his childhood realm as described in a poem by Bialik. It speaks of the poet's homecoming during which he visits his old synagogue and witnesses its decay; at the same time, he is sick with his own secular way of life. He is torn between his will to seek refuge in his old world, symbolized by the old edifice of the synagogue and his present way of life which leaves him no way of turning back.  The source and model for Budko's depiction of the interior are based on his earlier experience and his personal earlier works. The origin of both poet and artist is Eastern European; their link to the synagogue was similar. They were both Orthodox Jews in their youth and both have forsaken their religious upbringing and adopted a secular way of life. The artist depicts his own, personal Synagogue from Plonsk, his hometown. The illustration shows its interior with a vaulted ceiling; two large pillars support the arches that in turn support the vault. The room is dark; artificial lighting, whose source is hidden, illuminates the pillars. A bookshelf full of books is situated to the right of the left pillar, next to the wall. Budko's theatrical set is dimly lit with many shadows appearing in it.

The portrayal of the speaker, standing at the doorstep shows, as Bialik described him as "Miserable, ashamed, vanquished and desolate like you [the Synagogue]". The young man is dressed in contemporary clothes. His gesture conveys embarrassment; his hands lean on his loins, his head bent, engulfed by his shoulders, according to the poet’s words "Just like a lizard that withdraws itself inside its scales". He stares into space, as if in a daydream. The protagonist's shaven fac, in addition to his secular clothes, portray him as a Jewish Maskil in a most concise, straightforward and direct way which can be done solely in a visual depiction. Budko's illustration makes a precise, realistic depiction of human feelings and sensations: the young man is embarrassed, with feelings of both attraction and rejection storming his heart in confusion.


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21 Ornamentation
22 Custom
23 Contents
24 Codicology
24a Scribes
24b Script
24c Number of Lines
24d Ruling
24e Pricking
24f Quires
24g Catchwords
24h Hebrew Numeration
24i Blank Leaves

25 Material/Technique
25a Material Structure
25b Material Decoration
25c Material Bonding
25d Material Inscription
25e Material Additions
25f Material Cloth
25g Material Lining
25h Tesserae Arrangement
25i Density
25j Colors

26 Measurements
26a Height
26b Length
26c Width
26d Depth
26e Circumference
26f Thickness
26g Diameter
26h Weight
26i Axis
26j Panel Measurements
27 Direction/Location
27a Façade (main)
27b Entrances
27c Location of Torah Ark
27d Location of Apse
27e Location of Niche
27f Location of Reader's Desk
27g Location of Platform
27h Temp: Architecture Axis
27i< Arrangement of Seats
27j Location of Women's Section
27k Direction Prayer
27l Direction Toward Jerusalem

28 Coin
28a Coin Series
28b Coin Ruler
28c Coin Year
28d Denomination

29 Signature
30 Colophon
31 Scribal Notes
32 Watermark
33 Hallmark
33a Group
33b Subgroup
33c Hallmark Identification
33d Hallmark Group Classification
33e Hallmark Reference
34 Trade Mark
35 Binding
36 Decoration Program
36 Summary and Remarks
38 Suggested Reconstruction
39 History/Provenance
40 Main Surveys & Excavations
41 Condition
42 Biography
43 Bibliography
43a Short Name
43b Full Name
43c Volume
43d Page

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49 Documenter 49a
50 Researcher Alec Mishory 2019 50a
51 Architectural Drawings 51a
52 Computer Reconstruction 52a
53 Section Head 53a
54 Editor 54a
55 Donor 55a

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(XXII) ID: 307710 On the Doorstep of the Synagogue (Al Saf Beyt haMidrash על סף בית המדרש), From H. N. Bialik, Jubilee Edition of his Works (Berlin: Hovevey haSafa haIvrit Publication, 1923), Berlin, 1923 edit
Category: Modern Jewish Art
ID: 307710 On the Doorstep of the Synagogue (Al Saf Beyt haMidrash על סף בית המדרש), From H. N. Bialik, Jubilee Edition of his Works (Berlin: Hovevey haSafa haIvrit Publication, 1923), Berlin, 1923 edit  
Category: Modern Jewish Art

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2 Name/Title On the Doorstep of the Synagogue (Al Saf Beyt haMidrash על סף בית המדרש) | Unknown
3a Object Woodcut
Illustration
3b Object Detail From H. N. Bialik, Jubilee Edition of his Works (Berlin: Hovevey haSafa haIvrit Publication, 1923)
4a Artist/ Maker Budko, Joseph (painter, 1888-1940) (Unknown)
5 Date 1923
6 Period Unknown
7 Origin Germany | Berlin (Bundesland) | Berlin
|
8 Community Unknown |
9 Collection Unknown |
10 Location Unknown |
11 Site Unknown
12 School/Style Unknown|
13 Iconographical Subject Synagogue interior |
14 Category
17 Photographer Unknown
18 Photograph Date
19 Negative/ Photo. No.
19a Scan No. S302757
20 Description
21 Ornamentation
 
21 Ornamentation
22 Custom
23 Contents
24 Codicology
24a Scribes
24b Script
24c Number of Lines
24d Ruling
24e Pricking
24f Quires
24g Catchwords
24h Hebrew Numeration
24i Blank Leaves

25 Material/Technique
25a Material Structure
25b Material Decoration
25c Material Bonding
25d Material Inscription
25e Material Additions
25f Material Cloth
25g Material Lining
25h Tesserae Arrangement
25i Density
25j Colors

26 Measurements
26a Height 5 cm
26b Length 5.7 cm
26c Width
26d Depth
26e Circumference
26f Thickness
26g Diameter
26h Weight
26i Axis
26j Panel Measurements
27 Direction/Location
27a Façade (main)
27b Entrances
27c Location of Torah Ark
27d Location of Apse
27e Location of Niche
27f Location of Reader's Desk
27g Location of Platform
27h Temp: Architecture Axis
27i< Arrangement of Seats
27j Location of Women's Section
27k Direction Prayer
27l Direction Toward Jerusalem

28 Coin
28a Coin Series
28b Coin Ruler
28c Coin Year
28d Denomination

29 Signature
30 Colophon
31 Scribal Notes
32 Watermark
33 Hallmark
33a Group
33b Subgroup
33c Hallmark Identification
33d Hallmark Group Classification
33e Hallmark Reference
34 Trade Mark
35 Binding
36 Decoration Program
36 Summary and Remarks
38 Suggested Reconstruction
39 History/Provenance
40 Main Surveys & Excavations
41 Condition
42 Biography
43 Bibliography
43a Short Name
43b Full Name
43c Volume
43d Page

44 Type
45 Temp: Batch Number
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46 Temp: Aleph Number
47 Temp: Sys. Number / Doc. Name
307710
48 Temp: Addenda

Registrar
Function: Name: Date:
49 Documenter 49a
50 Researcher Alec Mishory 2019 50a
51 Architectural Drawings 51a
52 Computer Reconstruction 52a
53 Section Head 53a
54 Editor 54a
55 Donor 55a