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Ceremonial Synagogue TextilesFrom Ashkenazi, Sephardi, and Italian Communities$
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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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Dedication of Ceremonial Objects

Dedication of Ceremonial Objects

Chapter:
(p.325) Part III Dedication of Ceremonial Objects
Source:
Ceremonial Synagogue Textiles
Author(s):

Bracha Yaniv

, Yohai Goell
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906764180.003.0007

This chapter explores 179 dedicatory inscriptions, which are grouped according to object, origin, and chronology and reflect customs relating to various aspects of the donation of the objects to the synagogue. It covers the dedicatory inscription on a ceremonial object donated to a synagogue that reflects the emotions and aspirations of the donor that conveys information relating to the event or person commemorated or honoured. It also explains how inscriptions can contribute significantly to the study of the community's customs, social life, and history. The chapter explores the tradition of having a dedicatory inscription that is known from ancient times, from inscriptions in the mosaic floors of synagogues. It also analyses the inscription of a name as a means of establishing the donor's rights that is mentioned in medieval halakhic sources.

Keywords:   dedicatory inscription, synagogue, ceremonial object, synagogues, medieval halakhic sources

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