Silver Ritual Objects
Tas (The shield) is typical of Torah ornaments, adorning the Torah scroll when it is not in use.
The Book of Esther (Megillat Esther), also known in Hebrew as “the Scroll” (Megillah), is a book in the third section (Ketuvim, “Writings”) of the Tanakh .
Esther was a Jewish queen of the Persian king Achashverosh. Ahaverosh is traditionally identified with Xerxes I during the time of the Achaemenid Empire. The King is angered by with his Queen Vashti refusal to obey his orders and he has here replaced with Esther. Esther cousin Mordecai became chief minister of Ahaverosh and lived in the Persian capital of Susa. One day, while sitting at the gate of the king’s palace. He uncovers a plot by Haman to wipe out all the Jews in the Persian Empire. Esther uses her political position to save all the Jews. The Jews established an annual feast, the feast of Purim, in memory of their deliverance. Haman set the date of Adar 13 to commence his campaign against the Jews. This determined the date of the festival of Purim.
The crown augments the Torah’s status as an object associated with royalty and speaks to the centrality of the Torah in Jewish life.
Rimonim are often made of silver, with gemstones and bells hanging off the sides. They are usually hollow, at least in the bottom section, which is placed over the top part of the wooden Torah handles, also known as the Etz Chaim. Rimonim serve as works of Jewish art.