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Obj. ID: 3193
Sacred and Ritual Objects
  Torah case, Cairo, 1893

© Center for Jewish Art, Photographer: Radovan, Zev, 1984

The prismatic Torah case is composed of a body and a crown. The body is formed of eight facets, and is divided into two vertical halves attached by hinges, connecting two facets on the back side, and a hook on its front. A wooden coronet formed of lily-like crenellations tops the body and surrounds a crown, shaped as a round cupola. Two metal bars for the finials are fixed on the cupola. The body's top and bottom are encircled by wooden stepped friezes. Additional flourish? strips encircle the upper and lower edges.

The inner face of the case is plain wood, and the crown is blocked by wooden boards. A dedicatory inscription is attached to its right inner side, written on paper in square Hebrew characters, and reads:

"קדש לה'/ זה התיק וספר התורה שבו/ הוקדש לבית הכנסת שער השמים/ מאת ק"ק (קהילה קדושה) אלקאהרה לעילוי נשמת/ המרוחמים אשר התנדבו קרוביהם/ לעילוי נשמתם כלי כסף כמו נרות/ או רימונים וכתרים לספרי תורה או ידות/ וכל מין תשמישי מצוה או תשמישי/ קדושה לכל בתי כנסיות העדה הן/ דעיר אלקאהרא או אגפיה/ והספר הזה הוקדש במקום/ כלים הנ"ל מהם אשר נגנבו ומהם אשר/ הסכימו בית דין להתיכן ולהוציא דמיהן/ לצדקה מחשש גנבה כאשר באה הסכמתם/ ביום שישה ועשרים לחדש אלול שנת התרנ"ג/ וספר תורה זה יהיה להם לזכר עולם/ לפני המקום ב"ה (בעזרת השם) לקרות בו בשבתות/ וימים טובים לעילוי נשמתם תנצב"ה"

"Dedicated to the Lord. This Torah case and the scroll in it were dedicated to the Sha'ar haShamayim synagogue, by the Holy communities in Cairo, for the exaltation of the souls of the merciful people, that their relatives donated silver utensils as (oil) lamps, or finials and crowns for the Torah scrolls, or pointers and all sorts of ritual objects and sacred objects, to the synagogues in Cairo and its surroundings. And this Torah scroll (was dedicated as) a replacement of all those utensils, from which some were stolen and some were melted, after the court's decision to donate their pecuniary value for charity. The donors, afraid of (another) theft, gave their approval on the twenty-sixth of the month of Elul the year, 5653 (1893). And this Torah scroll will be their eternal memoriam in front of the Lord, and with the Lord's assistance, (they will) read it on Sabbaths and festivals, for the exaltation of their souls, may their souls be bound in the bond of life." (See: Remarks).    

 

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Torah case | Unknown
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1893
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Egypt | Sc_258
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Bibliography
• Amar, Ariella."The Ritual Objects of the Egyptian Jews." In Egypt, Edited by Nahem Ilan, Jewish Communities in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Jerusalem: Ministry of Education and Ben-Zvi Institute for the Study of Jewish Communities in the East of Yad Yizhak Ben-Zvi and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2007. In print. In Hebrew.
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