At the Nidje Israel Synagogue, or the Sinagoga Histórica Justo Sierra (about which I've talked about in a previous post) we attended this conference about Simhat Torah, a Jewish celebration that, basically, marks the end of a year cycle of reading the Torah. The conference was interesting, though the speaker tended to veer a bit too much towards his own religious views. But anyhow, what was super interesting was that they showed these Torah covers from the Syria!
In the Ashkenaz tradition, the Torah covers are made of cloth, like the one you see hanging in the photo above. In places like Syria, they were wooden, and show a very clear cultural influence from the Middle East.
I had never seen anything like this. Very interesting. And to see them here in Mexico City!