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

Century Magazine, 1892

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Dressing the Torah

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Torah Mantle

Date unknown, probably late 19th–early 20th century
Velvet and silk with metallic embroidery
23.5 x17 inches

Compared to the Museum’s other more elaborate Torah mantles that were
made in professional workshops, this worn purple mantle seems simple
and naïve, yet also heartfelt and compelling. The large embroidered Star
of David and abstract Torah crown, simply and very tentatively drawn,
make it clear that it was made by an amateur. The two Hebrew letters
embroidered within the crown serve as an acronym for the words “Keter
Torah,” Torah crown. Striped silk fabric lines the mantle, possibly
taken from a blouse or curtains owned by the person who made this unique
Torah cover. Despite its very simple design and lack of embellishments,
the mantle is very worn, indicating heavy use.

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