Contest: What is This Object?

What is the object below?

1. General answers such as “a wooden box” are not acceptable.

2. This object has a specific function.

3. Put your replies in the “Comments” section.

4. The winner will be the first person to put up the correct answer.

5. The prize? A cheap souvenir from the place where the photo was taken. Also the glory of being the winner of the First Ever Coffee Shop Rabbi Identification Contest.

Guesses are welcome, the wilder the better!






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Rabbi Ruth Adar is a teaching rabbi in San Leandro, CA. She has many hats: rabbi, granny, and ham radio operator K6RAV. She blogs at and teaches at Hamaqom | The Place in Berkeley, CA.

15 thoughts on “Contest: What is This Object?”

  1. (According to my web search… ) Santo Servicio is the Portuguese Jewish community all male choir, located in Amsterdam’s oldest Orthodox Sephardic Jewish community (c.1639 by Jews fleeing from Spain/Portugal due to Spanish Inquisition)…founded in 1886, reconstituted in 2003… I’m guessing it was used for storage or music/robes? Or maybe the original Holy Ark?


  2. Way too early in the morning for me to even see it, Rabbi! Give us night owls in the western time zones a chance some time.

    (Not that I’ll get it then, either, but perhaps someone west of me will.)


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