Jewish Ceremonial Art in Western and Eastern Europe

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Julianna Ritter October 18, 2010 Jewish Ceremonial Art in Western and Eastern Europe: Male’s Relationship to the Torah The greatest and most important text in the Jewish religion and culture is the Torah. The Torah influences how many interiors of synagogues are designed and built, focusing around the ten commandments. To be Jewish is to follow the laws of the Torah and a significant portion of that aspect is to be circumcised if a follower is a male. The importance of circumcision is the mental and religious bondage between Israel and God and the community of the Torah. Another important aspect is the actual binding of the Torah. Because of its sacred importance, the Torah must be covered unless being read. When a male reads it there is a physical, spiritual, and textual relationship between the binding of the Torah and “the bind that cuts” (circumcision). There is a large difference between speaking and reading the Torah and diverse ephemeral moments that accompany both. While phonetic experiences may satisfy in the moment, the presence of textual
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This note was uploaded on 08/15/2011 for the course ART HIST 212 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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