Jewish Ceremonial Art and Religious Observance
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New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc, 1969. 253,  pages. Illustrations, including 25 in full color. Notes. Glossary-Index. Photocredits. Foreword by Louis Finkelstein. DJ has slight wear and soiling. Dr. Kanof was noted for his research and writing in the field of Jewish ceremonial art; his role in the development of the Tobe Pascher Workshop of the Jewish Museum, New York, N.Y.; his curatorship at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, N.C.; and his patronage of the arts. Jewish ceremonial art, also known as Judaica, refers to an array of objects used by Jews for ritual purposes. Because enhancing a mitzvah by performing it with an especially beautiful object is considered a praiseworthy way of honoring God's commandments, Judaism has a long tradition of commissioning ritual objects from craftsmen and artists. Any discussion of the scope of the term Jewish art must take off from the diversified works that Dr. Kanof here describes with so much knowledge and feeling. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Very good.