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Bracha Yaniv

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764180

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764180.001.0001

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Chapter Three The Torah Wrapper and the Torah Binder

Chapter Three The Torah Wrapper and the Torah Binder

(p.85) Chapter Three The Torah Wrapper and the Torah Binder
Ceremonial Synagogue Textiles

Bracha Yaniv

, Yohai Goell
Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on the Torah wrapper and the Torah binder. The wrapper, the piece of fabric rolled up with the parchment scroll, is an item used in the wrapping of the Torah scroll in Italy and the Sephardi diaspora of exiles from Spain and Portugal. In Italy, the wrapper is known as the mapah, indicating that it evolved from the first ceremonial object connected to the Torah scroll in antiquity, inheriting its name. Meanwhile, the binder is a long, thin piece of cloth bound around the Torah scroll. In Italy and in Sephardi diaspora congregations, it is bound over the wrapper, while in other communities it is placed directly next to the parchment scroll. What makes the Italian binders unique is that they are rooted in the embroidery and lace-work traditions of the Italian Renaissance and baroque period.

Keywords:   Torah wrapper, Torah binder, Torah scroll, Italy, Sephardi diaspora, mapah, ceremonial object, Italian Renaissance, embroidery, baroque period

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