Pair of silver filigree tefillin casings, possibly symbolic rather than for wearing. Tefillin are a pair of small boxes with straps that are traditionally worn during weekday morning prayer. They are typically made of leather and contain pieces of parchment inscribed with Torah verses. This silver pair was given to the donor’s father, Yakov Slutzkin, by his uncle in Palestine on the occasion of his Bar Mitzvah, celebrated on 1 October 1921 in St. Kilda’s Synagogue, Melbourne. There is an identical set in the Australian Jewish Museum in Melbourne which belonged to Yakov’s brother.
Donated by Gael Hammer
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