May God Let Him Grow

This book is the result of almost five years’ research that was undertaken between 2004–2009 by staff at the Jewish Museum in Prague on the available donated circumcision textiles from Bohemia and Moravia (in collections both in the Czech Republic and abroad). It features a specialist study on the ceremonies that are connected to the birth of a child in the culture and customs of Bohemian and Moravian Jews, as well as three other specialist studies that provide a detailed analysis of the Torah binder – made from the swaddling cloth used at a boy’s circumcision – as a unique and previously unknown source for social and art history. The catalogue section contains almost 1,330 items, including translations of Hebrew dedicatory inscriptions. It is illustrated with wonderfully rich full-colour illustrations on foldable pages. There are also indexes of the forenames and surnames of donors (i.e. the boys or their parents or grandparents) and an index of the localities mentioned in the dedicatory inscriptions, supplemented with all the ascertained variants of the Hebrew inscriptions. This book is suitable not only for historians, genealogists, archivists, cultural historians and ethnographers, but also for the general public. A unique register of circumcisions from 1668 to 1930, this book is a rich resource for anyone interested in Jewish culture.

Jewish Museum in Prague, 2009
Dana Veselská
ISBN 978-80-86889-94-8
paperback book, 312 pp., 21 x 22 cm, Czech

Price: 6,52 €
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