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Velvet Torah Mantle

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Champagne, Yomtov Pardo, Abraham Baron
A Mantle is a decorated cloth used to cover the Torah in between readings. This one comes from a destroyed synagogue in Champagne, France, circa 1880. It is dedicated to the Holy Congregation of Champagne from the family of Yomtov Pardo and Abraham Baron, as noted by the Hebrew inscription. Expensive materials like those used here are characteristic of Mantles and signify the reverence in which the sacred Scriptures are held.

Donated by Alfred Buxton
M1995/059

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