"The Eldridge Street synagogue…is an impressive representation of traditional Judaism, modified perforce by the spirit of the time and surroundings."

Century Magazine, 1892


Dressing the Torah


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See another Torah finial:

Torah Finials

Date unknown, probably late 19th–early 20th century
Silver and silver filigree
15 x 4.5 (diameter) inches diameter

This Torah finial and its mate have the same filigree design to a Torah crown and yad
in the Museum’s collection. Like the crown, the finials have a
three-tiered shape, but the finials are topped with flowers and leaves
attached to wire stems that move as the Torah is carried.

Torah finials are also called rimmonim, from the Hebrew word
for pomegranate, because they often have a rounded shape. They have a
hollow base that is fitted over the top end of the staves upon which a Torah is rolled. Along with the mantle and breastplate, the finials are removed before a Torah is placed on the bimah to be read.

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