Spiritual Artifacts Offers Antique Torah Fragments From Lost Jewish Communities
Los Angeles, California (December 5, 2007): In an age where each season heralds a new crop of “in” devices, there aren’t many gifts that have enduring meaning for generations to come. Spiritual Artifacts (www.spiritualArtifacts.net) offers consumers a selection of exquisite fragments from Torah scrolls that have survived for centuries. They come from Jewish communities as diverse as North Africa and pre-holocaust Europe - communities that have since disappeared as a result of persecution and expulsion.
Jews have been scattered across the globe throughout recorded history. The focal point of every community was the Synagogue where Jews gathered to read their Torah scroll - the Hebrew bible. Scrolls are handwritten in ornate Hebrew calligraphy on the carefully prepared skin of kosher animals. Trained ’Sofers’ (scribes) take up to a year completing a Torah. As scrolls age, factors such as humidity may cause minor smudges and cracks. The tiniest imperfection means the scroll cannot be used in services. It’s forbidden however to discard holy writings and Jewish tradition calls for them to be buried or hidden. Spiritual Artifacts has acquired fragments of these antique scrolls from various sources around the world. Today, they stand as a testament to the devotion and heritage of their lost communities.
Pieces are framed in museum quality cases. “We place a premium on conservation and use only acid-free and museum-quality archival materials” says co-owner, Sam Gliksman. “These fragments have survived for centuries and represent a valuable part of Jewish history. We need to preserve them for future generations.”
Antique Torah fragments are a unique and meaningful gift. They are on display at the company’s website – www.spiritualArtifacts.net. “The pieces are meticulously categorized. You can find any fragment that has special meaning for you – whether it’s a specific piece that matches a bar mitzvah reading, one that came from your ancestors’ community or even a piece that tells the biblical story your parents read to you as a child” says Gliksman. Fragments can be personalized with a special dedication plaque.
Torah fragments can be browsed and ordered at www.spiritualArtifacts.net.
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