Threshold to the Sacred: The Ark Door of Cairo’s Ben Ezra Synagogue exhibit
This focus show highlights a work of exceptional historical importance—an intricately decorated and inscribed wood panel from a Torah ark, a special cupboard that holds the sacred Jewish scripture. The panel is believed to come from the Ben Ezra synagogue of Old Cairo (Fostat), Egypt, which has captivated public imagination for over a century. It is the site of the 19th-century discovery of the Cairo Geniza, a treasure trove of documents on medieval Jewish life around the Mediterranean.
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