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's Archive for May, 2010

The Wimpel (Torah Binder) Collection

A “Torah binder”┬áis a Jewish ceremonial textile used to keep a Torah scroll closed tightly when it is not being used for synagogue reading. In some Jewish communities in Germany and Eastern Europe, Torah binders were made from the linen or cotton cloth used to cover new-born males during the Circumcision ceremony (brit milah). The [...]

Counting and Recounting

According to the biblical commandment, the days and the weeks between the second day of Passover, when an Omer (a sheaf, or measure of grain) from the new barley harvest is brought to the Temple, until the festival of Shavuot, must be numbered.