Besamim Boxes


I am reading Jonathan Rabb’s book “Among the Living”.
In the story, a rabbi looks at a Havdalah spice box,
specifically at the Hebrew lettering on the inscription.

The rabbi says that the letter gimmel is in the wrong place,
because non-Jews did the craftsmanship and they did not read Hebrew.

I know that the spice box is the besamim box.
What letters are on a typical spice box? What words do they represent?
Is the letter gimmel one of those letters?

12 months


  1. I do not have a clue what he might have been referring to. I have not read Among the Living but I did go to check my (very) small collection of Besamim boxes and not one of them has any letters on them!

    Best wishes from the Team