Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Academic Program Adviser
The Torah scroll’s materiality is central to its use in ritual and encourages a performance-based analysis. The object acts as a physical connection to the divine, a material embodiment of Jewishness. The congregation’s participation in the scroll’s lifecycle rituals fosters their communion with the object and with each other.
Maybloom, Joseph, "The Communal Roots of the Tree of Life: The Performativity of the Torah Scroll in Jewish Ritual" (2021). CUNY Academic Works.