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Obj. ID: 10922
Sacred and Ritual Objects
  Torah mantle, Thessaloniki (Salonika)

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

The trapezoid Torah mantle comprises a cloak attached to a round top and has a vertical back opening. It is decorated on its central upper front with a crown flanked by the Hebrew initials: "The crown of Torah" (based on Avot 4:13). Below the crown is a wreath made up of two foliate branches bound by a ribbon, creating a roundel, which encloses a dedicatory inscription.  The Hebrew dedication is inscribed in square, filled letters, which reads:

"קדש לה'/ מהמנוח החה"ש (החכם השלם) כה"ר (כבוד הרב)/ חיים ש' עמר נ"ע (נוחו עדן) נדב מחיים/ לק"ק (לקהל קדוש) סיסילייה ח (דש) יע"א (יכוננה עליון אמן) ש התרנג תנצבה (תהא נשמתו צרורה בצרור החיים)."

"Dedicated to the Lord by the late wise faithful honourable Rabbi Hayim Sh. Amar, may he rest in Eden. The donation was made during his lifetime to the New Sicilian Holy Congregation (see: Remarks: no. 1), may the Lord establish it Amen, in the year 5653 (1893). May his soul be bound in the bond of life."  

The round top has two openings for the Torah staves. A fringed strip 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

Summary and Remarks
A collection of ritual objects was confiscated from the Greek Jews when they were sent to Auschwitz during World War II. This Torah mantle was transferred to the museum directly from Auschwitz, in 1948.

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