- This section of the Jewish Museum focuses on customs and traditions. The central role of ritual in Jewish life is emphasized by a rich array of objects—perhaps the finest collection of craftwork in the entire museum. Downstairs, are masses of silver and tapestry from the many, now defunct Czech synagogues. Upstairs, you will see objects used in the home, from a marvellous painted circumcision screen dating back to 1764 and an upholstered circumcision chair (1805)—with one seat for the child's godfather and one for the prophet Elijah—to smaller items such as skilfully worked silver spice boxes in the shape of elephants, ships and fish. This is perhaps the most fun and interesting section of the museum, which gives one the feeling that Judaism still thrives in Bohemia and Moravia.
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