Prince of Jerusalem, 16º


Dit amerikaanse rituaal dateert uit de tweede helft van de negentiende eeuw.

Sign. With the left hand on the hip the sword raised, stand proudly erect. Place the arm as if about to fight, having the right foot formed in a square, the heel to the toe of the left foot.

Grip. Each presses with the right thumb five times by 1, 2, and 2 on the joint of the little finger. Each join the point of the right foot, thus making a straight line, touch the knees, and place the open left hand on the shoulder; the first one says “Twenty” the other “Twenty-three.” (On the 20th day of Tebeth, tenth month of the year, the ancients returned to Jerusalem, after their stay at Babylon. On the 23rd of ADAR, twelfth month of the sixth year of the reign of Darius, the people rejoiced after the re-dedication of the Temple.)

Knocks. Twenty-five knocks by 5 times 5.

Steps. One step on the point of the toes.

Pass word. TEBETH (name of the 10th lunar month), reply is ESRIM (20).

Sacred word. ADAR (12th month), reply is SCHALASH ESRIM (23).

Insignia. Blue tunic, red sash fringed with gold; sky blue coloured ribbon, worn crosswise with a jewel which is a golden medal; on one side is a hand holding a balance, and on the other a double-edged sword and two stars.