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Jewish ceremonial art

Summary
Jewish ceremonial art, also known as Judaica (dʒuːˈdeɪ.ɪkə), 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. Textual origin Multiple early rabbinic commentaries on the Hebrew Bible refer to sanctifying rituals with visually pleasing objects in the Midrash. Midrash Mekhilta of Rabbi Ishmael has this teaching on a biblical verse: "This is my God and I will glorify Him" (Exodus 15:2)Is it possible for a human being to add glory to his Creator? What this really means is: I shall glorify God in the way that I perform commandments. I shall prepare a beautiful lulav, beautiful sukkah, beautiful fringes (tzitzit), and beautiful tefillin. Other Midrash teachings (e.g. Shir HaShirim Rabbah 1.15) offer the same idea. This idea i
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