Mum and I had been on this sunny but very cold hike between Unterneudorf and Steinbach. At a moment, we tried to cross the small Steinbach creek in the forest, but we didn’t find a good place to do so. All the places that stayed without sunshine during the day, were still coated with frosty […]
This is a picture from an event that dates back to the year 1330 in Walldürn: A priest knocked over a chalice of altar wine and the wine formed a picture of Jesus and his disciples on the altar cloth. He hid the cloth and only revealed the event and the picture 50 years later on his death bed.
A short hike through the forest with one of my oldest childhood friends who lives very far away from me.
(The last picture is from the city center of Mosbach, but I had to post it)
The castle of Hornberg was first built in the 11th century. Germanys most famous knight, Götz von Berlichingen lived there for 45 years and the winery inside the castle is said to be the second eldest in the whole world.
Beth Olamin or Bet Olam is the Hebrew word for cemetery, meaning house of eternity. Unlike Christian cemeteries, the ground where the dead are buried should not be disturbed and graves should not be cleared. This means, that jewish cemeteries from the day of their inauguration, are keeping the memory of every community member for all times and are eternally growing. Eternally growing at least is not true for this sacred ground situated in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. The first burial here was probably in 1586, the last in 1936. Jewish life was nearly extinct from the region before and during WW2.
It’s this history of course which is on my mind when letting the special atmosphere of this place resonate with my small self in this vast forest and fields in the middle of nowhere far outside the village. But as well something more. Eternity is beautiful and visible here and makes me reflect on evanescence and being reclaimed by and becoming eternal nature one time.
Other jewish cemeteries:
Kloster Schöntal is situated picturesquely in Schöntal (“Beautiful Valley”) in Baden-Wurttemberg between Heilbronn and Würzburg. The main structures were built between the 12th and the 17th century, amongst them a baroque abbey and a rococo convent.
Location: Heidersbacher Mühle – along Elz River direction North – Limbacher Mühle – back on the eastern shore of Erz River direction South to Heidersbacher Mühle / Distance: 5 km / Weather: -1 °C, sunny and frosty / Camera: Nikon D500, 18-105 mm lens