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An Ark in St. Paul’s Chapel

This week, an ark was installed in St. Paul’s Chapel.

The aron ha kodesh, or holy ark, houses a Torah. This ark is more than 100 years old, and was recently acquired by Tamid after the Lower East Side synagogue that housed it was sold. Tamid is a synagogue in Lower Manhattan that holds Shabbat and High Holy Day services in St. Paul’s Chapel.

Tamid dedicated the ark at its Rosh Hashanah services on Wednesday evening. Rosh Hashanah, which means “head of the year,” is the Jewish New Year. The shofar, a ram’s horn, is blown to mark the day, and it includes personal reflection and the seeking of forgiveness (we recommend you watch this Sesame Street video for a quick, musical primer). Observances this year begin on Wednesday evening and continue into Thursday.

The ark is now enclosed in a cabinet made especially to fit in St. Paul’s Chapel. You can read more about it in the Wall Street Journal here or watch a short documentary video about Tamid and the ark here.

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