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Torah Ark

Torah Ark

Torah Ark from Adath Yeshurun Synagogue

Abraham Shulkin (American, b. Russia, 1852-1918)
Sioux City, Iowa, United States, 1899
  • Pinewood: hand-carved, openwork, stained, and painted
  • 125 x 96 x 30 in. (317.5 x 243.8 x 76.2 cm)
  • The Jewish Museum, New York
  • Gift of the Jewish Federation of Sioux City, JM 48-56a-s
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Torah Ark from Adath Yeshurun Synagogue

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CLOSE LOOKING / VISUAL ANALYSIS:

  • What materials were used to make this object? How do you think it was made? How do you think it feels to the touch?

  • What do you think this object was used for? What parts of the object make you think this? Does it remind you of anything you have seen before?

  • What designs do you see on this ark? What do you think they mean?




FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION:

After giving students ample opportunity to look closely at this work of art, lead them in a discussion of related topics and themes:

  • Why do you think people create elaborate arks and decorations for the Torah?

  • Can you think of any ways that rituals in your life are enhanced by the use of special or beautiful objects?