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Rimonim Guide

The accepted tradition in Judaism is to decorate those items which will be used to perform a commandment or those items which are important in Judaism. The Torah, the primary text of Judaism and the word of G-d according to the Jews, is one of those items. Consequently, Torah Scrolls (Sifrei Torah) are priceless items and are decorated with the most expensive and elaborate decorations made from materials such as gold and silver. One common type of decoration is Rimonim.

What is a Rimon?

Rimonim, contrary to what their name literally means in Modern Hebrew, do not look like Pomegranates. They resemble Maraca shakers or rattles, even going so far as to have bells on them. The bells are meant to call attention to the fact that G-d’s word is present and those present should pay attention and act appropriately. The bottom, thin section is hollow and is placed over the top holders of a Torah Scroll and its atop the Torah when it is being displayed or is being stored. The wide section is the decorated section.

Materials Used

Rimonim are usually made from sterling silver or wood, although the two may be used together as well. Gold is occasionally incorporated in small amounts; however, gold is uncommon because of its price and fragile nature.

Decorations on Rimonim

Rimonim can be decorated with nearly any Judaism-related theme. Some of the most common decorations on sterling silver rimonim include floral patterns, flame designs, and Biblical verses relating to the greatness of the Torah. The most common phrase found on Rimonim is “Ki Mitzion Tetzeh Torah”, or “From Zion comes the Torah”, a reference to the historic Israel and the indivisible link between the Torah, Jews and the land of Israel. Other designs include the symbols or names of 12 tribes, the Tablets or Luchot and Lions as well as Jerusalem.

Wooden Rimonim may be engraved with Judaica, painted or both. These Rimonim generally come from Israel and as such reflect Judaica themes directly linked to Israel. Some examples include any of the Seven Species of fruit and grains that Israel is known for, Jerusalem, the Menorah that was in the Temple and other similar motifs.

Personalization

Because Rimonim are valuable, they are often donated to a Synagogue in honor or in memory of an individual. As such, it is possible to personalize Rimonim with the Hebrew names or loved ones.

For More Information

For more information on Rimonim or other Synagogue items, feel free to contact our Judaica experts with any questions or concerns.

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