An Unusual Ornament
This Torah crown is made of silk flowers, ribbons, wire and cardboard that had once packaged English cutlery. It is evidence of a rural Jewish community, probably Alsatian, that apparently had to improvise the decoration of its Torah scrolls in order to carry them around the synagogue on Simchat Torah. For this celebration, the scrolls are preferably
decorated with silver ornaments. If the community did not have enough silver for all the scrolls, loving assemblages like these would serve as temporary adornments.
verfasst am 17.12.2021