Torah

In this series of prints, Chicago-born artist David Bennett depicts biblical subjects with a graphic energy and drama that brings biblical sagas to life.

Born in Chicago in 1941, Bennett went on to attend Harvard University, where he studied English literature and opera.

This shrine for the Torah, said to be the work of 100 students, is a shining example of Bezalel School craftsmanship and a centerpiece of Spertus Institute’s collection.

The

For centuries, silversmithing in Yemen was a Jewish-dominated craft. Yemeni-Jewish craftsmen created beautiful silver pieces characterized by elaborate granulation and filigree decoration, for Muslim and Jewish clients alike.

The Spertus Institute collection contains many examples of delicate silver jewelry and

Torah crowns like this one, with its distinctive mushroom shape, are unique to Aden, a port city at the mouth of the Red Sea.

Scholars have proposed several possible sources for this distinctive

This Torah case, or tik in Hebrew, originated in Iraq, home to one of the world’s most ancient and historically significant Jewish communities.

A tik, a type of

This lavishly decorated Torah ornament is one of the oldest extant Torah shields in the world and it has a remarkable family story.