"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 early 20th century
Cast silver
16 x 5.5 (diameter) inches

When dressing a Torah, finials are often used instead of a Torah crown.
Their hollow ends are fitted over the tops of the staves on which the
Torah is rolled. This pair has a typical three-tiered shape, with a
crown at the top. Bells on two levels are held in the mouths of dragons,
and cut out floral and leaf designs decorate the lower tiers. Standing
birds perch on top of each finial. For Torah ornaments made in the
United States, an American eagle sometimes took the place of the
traditional dove.

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