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Obj. ID: 10861
Sacred and Ritual Objects
  Torah mantle, Thessaloniki (Salonika), 1926

© Center for Jewish Art, Photographer: Radovan, Zev, 1992
The trapezoid Torah mantle comprises a cloak attached to an oval top, with a vertical back opening. It is decorated on its upper front face with a Star of David set above a Hebrew dedication. The inscription is embroidered in square filled letters, which reads: "קדש לה'/ לק"ק (לקהל קדוש) מאיור יכב"ץ (יכוננה בצדק)/ מהאשה היקרה מ' מזל ת"ם (תבורך מנשים; שופטים ה:כד)/ למנוחת נפש בעלה/ היקר כה"ר יעקב יצחק ביז"ה/ נ"ע (נוחו עדן) תנצבה/ נלב"ע כט כסלו תרפ"ו/ 30 סיון 5686." "Dedicated to the Lord, and donated to the Major(ca) Holy Congregation (Remarks: no. 1), 'may the sublime establish it in justice', by the dearest woman Mrs.. Mazal, 'may she be blessed above women' (Judg. 5:24). For the repose of the soul of her dear husband the honourable Rabbi Jacob Isaac Beja, may he rest in Eden, may his soul be bound in the bond of life, who died on the 29th of Kislev, (5)686 (16.12.1925). (Donated) on the 30th of Sivan 5686 (12.6.1926)." The inscription surmounts a wreath of two flowering stems with leaves emerging from a central open flower.   The round top has two openings for the Torah staves. A band surrounds the top and bottom edges of the cloak. 

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

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Summary and Remarks
A collection of ritual objects was confiscated from the Greek Jews when they were transported to Auschwitz during World War II. This Torah mantle was handed over to the museum in 1949 from Torun, a city in northern Poland, where the Nazis had concentrated the ritual objects from different places, mainly from Poland.
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