Dressing The Sacred Text: Mappòt, Me’ilim And Parochyot In The Synagogues Of Rome
Every Saturday, in the Synagogue of Rome after the reading of the Torah, the community is blessed. According to the Italian rite a special blessing is added for “every daughter of Israel who makes a me‘il or a mitpachat in honour of the Torah”. The me‘il is the outer garment of the Torah scroll, the mitpachat is an inner wimple (in Modern Hebrew it means handkerchief). This Italian rite is one of a kind. Elsewhere it’s hard to find special blessings for women.
The blessing of the women who dress the sacred text is the idea at the heart of the Rome Lab, the philological trace of a tradition that ties Roman Jews to Antiquity.
Please join Centro Primo Levi, Alessandra Di Castro from the Museo Ebraico di Roma, Serena Di Nepi from the University of Rome La Sapienza, Rav Amedeo Spagnoletto from the Collegio Rabbinico Italiano, and Olga Melasecchi from the Museo Ebraico di Roma for this this presentation that will use examples of this unique tradition of ritual textiles to delve into the symbolism of covering the sacred text, the history of its Roman artifacts and the way in which they mirror community history.
This event is free and open to the public!
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