Cer­e­mo­ni­al Syn­a­gogue Textiles

Bracha Yaniv

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January 1, 2013

Rich­ly illus­trat­ed and metic­u­lous­ly doc­u­ment­ed, this is the first com­pre­hen­sive sur­vey of syn­a­gogue tex­tiles to be avail­able in Eng­lish. Bracha Yaniv, a lead­ing expert in the field of Jew­ish cer­e­mo­ni­al tex­tiles, records their evo­lu­tion from ancient times to the present. The vol­ume con­tains a sys­tem­at­ic con­sid­er­a­tion of the man­tle, the wrap­per, the Torah scroll binder, and the Torah ark cur­tain and valance, and con­sid­ers the cul­tur­al fac­tors that inspired the evo­lu­tion of these dif­fer­ent items and their motifs. Fab­rics, tech­niques, and modes of pro­duc­tion are described in detail; the inscrip­tions mark­ing the cir­cum­stances of dona­tion are sim­i­lar­ly sub­ject­ed to close analy­sis. Ful­ly anno­tat­ed plates demon­strate the rich­ness of the styles and tra­di­tions in use in dif­fer­ent parts of the Jew­ish dias­po­ra, draw­ing atten­tion to region­al cus­toms. Through­out, empha­sis is placed on pre­sent­ing and explain­ing all rel­e­vant aspects of the Jew­ish cul­tur­al heritage.

The con­clud­ing sec­tion con­tains tran­scrip­tions, trans­la­tions, and anno­ta­tions of some 180 inscrip­tions record­ing the cir­cum­stances in which items were donat­ed, pro­vid­ing a valu­able sur­vey of cus­toms of ded­i­ca­tion. Togeth­er with the com­pre­hen­sive bib­li­og­ra­phy, inven­to­ry lists, and oth­er rel­e­vant doc­u­men­ta­tion, this vol­ume will be an invalu­able ref­er­ence work for the schol­ar­ly com­mu­ni­ty, muse­um cura­tors, and oth­ers inter­est­ed in the Jew­ish cul­tur­al heritage.

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