pair of silver tablets attached together at center; fluted edge; incised floral design on bottom of tablets; 6 lines of text on each tablet; one line of text on back

Aliyah Plaque, c. 1925

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The Frances M. Norbeck Fundexpand_more  2000.100.3

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The term aliyah (עליה ) means “ascent” and typically refers to the immigration of a Jewish person to the Land of Israel ( ארץ ישראל). This particular plaque honors the aliyah of a Kurdish Jew in the 1920s. The front of the plaque bears an inscription of the Ten Commandments, a reminder of the covenant between God and the Jewish people. On the reverse, an inscription can be found, presumably referring to the plaque’s wearer, “Esther, daughter of Rachel” (אסתר בת רחל ). Plaques and amulets containing scripture and the wearer’s name are plentiful in Jewish tradition and were typically made for a specific purpose, such as to provide protection or comfort on a journey.

Details
Title
Aliyah Plaque
Role
Artist
Dimension
H.4-5/8 x W.3-1/4 x D.1/4 in.
Accession Number
2000.100.3
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pair of silver tablets attached together at center; fluted edge; incised floral design on bottom of tablets; 6 lines of text on each tablet; one line of text on back