A rectangular, decorated wrapper with suspension loops at the top edge, used to cover permanently the body of the Torah case (Tik).
In some communities, such as the Sephardic and Romaniote communities, ceremonial textiles for the Torah were often known by the general term “mappah,” which makes it sometimes difficult to know which item is being alluded to, the wrapper, the binder, the mantle, or the reader’s desk cover.
Melasecchi, Olga, et al., eds. Antique Roman Mappòt: The Precious Textile Archive of the Jewish Museum of Rome. Rome: Campisano Editore, 2017.
Yaniv, Bracha. “From Spain to the Balkans: The History of Textile Torah Scroll Accessories in the Sephardi Communities of the Balkans.” Sefarad, vol. 66, no. 2, 2006, pp. 405-42.
Yaniv, Bracha. “Le-Toldot Ha-Mapah Ve-Ha-Me’il Le-Sefer Ha-Torah Be-Ashkenaz Be-Yemei Ha-Beinayim [The Mappa (Wrapper) and the Torah Mantle in Ashkenaz in the Middle Ages].” Studies on the History of the Jews of Ashkenaz: Presented to Eric Zimmer, edited by Gershon Bacon et al., Ramat Gan: Bar-Ilan University Press, 2008, pp. 107-34.
Yaniv, Bracha. “The Torah Wrapper and the Torah Binder.” Ceremonial Synagogue Textiles: From Ashkenazi, Sephardi, and Italian Communities, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2019, pp. 85-126.
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