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The Jewish Year

This collection theme highlights the festivals and events that take place regularly throughout the Jewish Year.

Festivals such as Pesach, Rosh Hashanah, Chanukah and the weekly observance of Shabbat are represented by the objects used in their associated rituals. These items are used within specific practices that occur weekly and annually to mark important holy days. Such objects may be used within the home or in the synagogue and they hold ceremonial, spiritual and aesthetic significance.

This area of the collection also allows a comparison to be made between different Jewish communities around the world and over time, in relation to how such occasions are marked.

Highlights

Tefillin cases

Poland, 19th century
Silver, 5 x 3.7 x 3 cm
Jewish Museum of Australia Collection 162.4
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Rosh Hashanah card

Germany, early 20th century
Ink on paper, 11.5 x 95 cm
Jewish Museum of Australia Collection 1430
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Kippah

20th century
Silk, 16.5 x 20 x 3 cm
Jewish Museum of Australia Collection 1534
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Etrog Box

Germany, 19th century
Silver, 16 x 15 x 13 cm
Jewish Museum of Australia Collection 2456
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Spice tower

Eastern Europe, 19th century
Silver, 19 x 5.5 x 5.5 cm
Jewish Museum of Australia Collection 2510
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Seder plate

England, 20th century
Bone china, 27.5 x 4 cm
Jewish Museum of Australia Collection 5037.2
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