Each synagogue has a torah scroll. The
Torah scroll is one on which the Jewish religious laws are written.
The scroll is fixed on two sticks, decorated on top with two
principal ornaments. A robe, the ‘Mantle of Law’,
decorated by an ornamental breastplate often imaged with the
tables on which the Ten Commandments are written, protects the
scroll. Placed above all of this is a principal ornament, the
‘Crown of Law’, to emphasize the dignity of the
scrolls. Everything is stowed in a special closet made for that
purpose. It is called an arc or in Hebrew Aron hakodesj.
The breastplate shown here is made of silver,
God's name is written on the first line on the right.
The Mantle of Law is a cloth of fine linen,
or other material decorated with symbols and texts.
Silver wire is often used for the embroidery and
the frill is finished with gold brocade sometimes embellished
with precious stones.
This arc from 1791 was placed in an old
The ‘Tablets of the Law’ are depicted on its front.
Above it is written Psalm 16 verse 8:
I have set the LORD always before me.
Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.
God's name is written in the middle of the
text, inside an aureole.