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Jewish Heritage Collection

Information about artwork, books, printed ephemera, and objects of everyday and religious significance

A glimpse into the digital archive

A glimpse into the digital archive

Jewish Life Cycle

As in most religions and cultures, there are many rituals and traditions tied to specific events or time periods in the Jewish life cycle. Many of the ritual objects used at points in the Jewish life cycle are quite intricate with the goal of beautifying the commandment.  For instance, the ceremonial objects associated with weddings are often elaborately decorated including the huppah (marriage canopy) and ketubbah (marriage contract).  The Jewish Heritage Collection contains items and texts related to nearly every part of the Jewish life cycle from birth to death.  This section includes links to texts used in the home as well as the synagogue for religious worship.