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© Center for Jewish Art, Photographer: Radovan, Zev, 1992

The rectangular plaque, with curved edges is inscribed with a dedication engraved in Hebrew square letters, which reads:

"'(אל) שדי'/ הקדש/ ק"ק גד/ וש (גדול) יב"ץ (יראה בנחמת ציון; ברכת המזון) מה/ יקר הר' יום/ טוב עטיאס/ הי"ו (ה' יחיהו וישמרהו)."

"'(El) Shadai' (God Almighty), a dedication made to the Great Holy Congregation (Remarks: no. 1), 'May we would gain to see the redemption ofZion' (Based on the Benediction over the meal), by the dear Rabbi Yom Tov Atias, May the Lord sustain and protect him."

A Star of David is engraved on the back of the plaque

Online collection of the ritual objects from the E. Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute is available here: http://cbj.jhi.pl/collections/964689

Object Detail
Date
1900-1925?
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Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
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Unknown
Period Detail
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Material/Technique
Silver
Material Stucture
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Material Lining
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Extant
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Historical significance: Event/Period
Historical significance: Collective Memory/Folklore
Historical significance: Person
Architectural Significance: Style
Architectural Significance: Artistic Decoration
Urban significance
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Languages of inscription
Unknown
Type of grave
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0
Ornamentation
Custom
This silver dedicatory plaque is part of a group of unique sacred objects known as shadai'ot (shadai'a in singular). The custom of donating these plaques is common among the Greek Romaniot communities. The name shadai'a is derived from God’s name, "?? ???" (El Shadai = God Almighty) - which usually heads the dedicatory inscription. The plaque is also called a "takhshit," namely an ornament, which adorns the Torah, a term often inscribed on the plaques.
The custom of donating silver plaques as sacred objects is unique to these communities. Some inscriptions do reveal that occasionally they were donated with other ritual objects, such as a Torah scroll, a parokhet, or a mappah.
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Location of Torah Ark
Location of Apse
Location of Niche
Location of Reader's Desk
Location of Platform
Temp: Architecture Axis
Arrangement of Seats
Location of Women's Section
Direction Prayer
Direction Toward Jerusalem
Coin
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Trade Mark
Binding
Decoration Program
Summary and Remarks
Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography
• Ariella, Amar, and Irina Chernetsky. Shadai'ot: The Collection of the Jewish Museum Of Greece. Jerusalem: The Center for Jewish Art, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2006. • Ariella, Amar. "Re-Reading an Ancient Community: Special Donations among the Romaniot Jews." Studia Rosenthaliana, edited by Naomi Feuchtwanger-Sarig. Forthcoming.
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