Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by David Harris
Tevah (reader's desk)
Sana'a, Yemen
18th century
Wood, carved and painted
H: 100, L: 34, W: 30 cm
Purchased through the gift of Florence and Sylvain J. Sternberg, Jerusalem
Accession number: B94.0668 ; 197/009
 
 
In order to read from the Torah in the synagogue, the scrolls are placed on a wooden desk or stand, called the tevah. An unusual feature of this rare Yemenite tevah is the bench that could be drawn out for little boys to stand on. In Yemen, Jewish boys began to receive religious instruction at the age of about three and already read from the Torah and were active participants in the service before they reached adolescence.

Publications:
Muchawsky-Schnapper, Ester, The Yemenites: Two Thousand Years of Jewish Culture, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2000, English / Hebrew
The Jewish World 365 Days, from the Collections of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, USA, 2004
The Israel Museum, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2005

Exhibition:
Highlights of the Judaica and Jewish Ethnography Collections Online, Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir