This complete set includes pearl-handle knife, scissors and holder in original case lined with velvet. Initials "W.S." on cover. Presented by Mr. Ollendorff to Mr. Wolf Sternberg of Montreal. Permanent loan by Edward A. Schretter, Nyack, New York, great-grandson of Mr. Wolf Sternberg. Probably the oldest circumcision set in Canada.
Burgundy velour embroidered with gold. Traditional marriage dress made to measure for the donor, ordered by her mother Mazal (Bensabat) Wahnoun. This Keswa El Kbira or grand costume, is a traditional festive dress of Moroccan Jewish women, worn by brides and at other celebrations. It is probably based on medieval Spanish Jewish costume, with its origins usually traced to the 15th century Spanish vertugada.The front shirt is 100 years older (1830) than the dress (1930) and was acquired for the marriage.
3 pink ruffles are part of the dress but are not on display. They are pleated, tulle-type fabric. Two pieces are flat, with different lengths (long: .02-4; short: .02-6). The third has been sewn into a circle (.02-5). Narrative:
This dress has been worn by a large number of brides in Morocco and Canada.
Hanukkah lamp : welded : Gold, Brown ; Ht: 14,5 in. x W: 12,5 in.
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Two side pieces hinged on both sides of the main piece like small doors. The central piece has eight small tear-drop shaped cups on the bottom and a tray under them for oil. There is also one tear drop shaped cup under the inscription on the top centre (for the shemesh). A hole was perforated on top centre of the main piece, used to hang the chanukiah on the wall. Narrative: During Hanukkah, the lamp was hung on the dining room's wall. Originally, the lamp belonged to the donor's grandfather, Judah Nasim Levy. It is inscribed with his name (Yehuda Levi). Donor inherited the lamp as he shares the same name as his grandfather. Judah Nasim Levy was originally from Gibraltar.
Mezuzah (Heb. literally "doorpost") refers to one of the 613
commandments in Judaism which requires that a small parchment
(klaf) inscribed with two sections from the Torah's Book of
Deuteronomy (6:4-9 and 11:13-21) be affixed to each doorpost and
gate in a Jewish home and business. A small case or box typically
covers the parchment.