"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 shield:

Torah Shield

Unknown, probably early 20th century
9.75 x10 inches

This Torah shield features a bolder-than-usual depiction of the typical
motifs of Eastern European Torah dress of the late 19th and earlier
20th centuries: the Torah crown, lions and Ten Commandment tablets. The
lions’ tails are used here as a decorative element, creating a graceful
scroll at either side of the shield. Like other Torah breastplates in
the Museum’s collection, this one has hinged Ten Commandment tablets
that open to reveal a small Torah, and a box below that can hold an
inscribed plate that indicates the portion of the Torah that is about to
be read. The oval space at the bottom is inscribed with the
congregation’s name.

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