sabbath evening


There’s something fundamentally satisfying about books that fit comfortably in one’s hands, and it’s tempting to imagine small prayer books like this one as someone’s frequently-handled personal possessions. 

In this late 19th-century example, a turned-down corner marked the beginning of the Sabbath evening service, while a prominent typo and the verdigris smear transferred to a flyleaf from its decorative brass clasp hint at a bit more of this book’s story as an object that was made, used, and eventually experienced deterioration.

Prayers of Israel, with English translation (New York: Lewine and Rosenbaum, 1888). From the I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection.