Sana'a, Yemen Married women's headgear (karkush) Sana'a, Yemen Early 20th century Silk, silver and gilt chains and pendants L: 56; W: 56 cm Gift of Yossef M. Khakshouri, Zurich Accession number: B76.0487 Purim dolls Sana'a, Yemen 1930s Cardboard, wood, fabric, metal Dolls: H: 37-39; W: 24.5-29.5 cm Cart: L: 37.5; W: 25 cm Carl Rathjens Collection, on permanent loan from Salman Schocken, Tel Aviv Accession number: L-B99.0427, L-B99.0428, L-B00.0189 Tevah (reader's desk) Sana'a, Yemen 18th century Wood, carved and painted H: 100, L: 34, W: 30 cm Purchased through the gift of Florence and Sylvain J. Sternberg, Jerusalem Accession number: B94.0668 ; 197/009 In order to read from the Torah in the synagogue, the scrolls are placed on a wooden desk or stand, called the tevah. An unusual feature of this rare Yemenite tevah is the bench that could be drawn out for little boys to stand on. In Yemen, Jewish boys began to receive religious instruction at the age of about three and already read from the Torah and were active participants in the service before they reached adolescence. Publications: Muchawsky-Schnapper, Ester, The Yemenites: Two Thousand Years of Jewish Culture, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2000 The Jewish World 365 Days, from the Collections of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2004 The Israel Museum, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2005 Exhibition: Highlights of the Judaica and Jewish Ethnography Collections Online Lulwi dress for a woman after childbirth (also used as burial shrouds) Sana'a, Yemen Late 19th century Cotton, metal-thread embroidery On loan from Wizo (Women's International Zionist Organization), in memory of Martha Bamberger, a longtime member of the World Wizo Executive Accession number: L-B80.0080
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