Romaniote Memories: A Jewish Journey from Ioannina, Greece to Manhattan: Photographs by Vincent Giordano

Silver rimmonim (finials)

These silver rimmonim (finials) decorate Torah scrolls in the Ark. They were made in Ioannina, but the silversmith was probably not Jewish. Rimmonim and other decorations of the Torah scrolls are customary as a way of fulfilling Hiddur Mitzah (the glorification of the commandment). The first such finals in the Middle Ages were probably decorated with pomegranates (rimmonim), hence the name. Small bells are attached so that there is music when the Torah scrolls are carried in procession.

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