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OBJECT OF THE MONTH – March 2008


Set of adornments for a Torah scroll

Chromed brass, painting
Olomouc, 1935
Height 450 mm, width 160 mm
accession number 208/94

 

This set of adornments for a Torah scroll is very unusual in comparison with most items of this kind. It comprises a pair of combined finials with a projecting bracket and a six-sided star, here representing a shield. The front of the star includes a pointer in the holder. The dedicatory inscriptions on the stem of the finials and star highlight the uniqueness and unusual shape of this item. It can no longer be ascertained whether this item was actually handed over to Kfar Masaryk (a kibbutz in what was then Palestine) and, if so, how it was returned to the Czech lands.
 
Translation of the inscription:
The Burial Society of the Holy community of Olomouc has donated this sacred utensil and a thousand crowns to Kfar Masaryk in honour of the head and president of the Czechoslovak Republic T. G. Masaryk for his 85th birthday on the 2nd of Veadar in 695 according to the minor era. (7 March 1935). KT. “Long life is in her right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor. (Proverbs 3:16) Or the law will go forth from Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 2:3, Micah 4:2) Proposal: R Moshe Yisrael Oppenheim, Rabbi of the Holy Community Design: S. Gottlieb, architect
 

 


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