Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Ofrit Rozenberg Ben-Menachem
Flagellation whip for Yom Kippur eve
Sakiz, Kurdistan
19th century
Leather; wood, carved and engraved
Inscribed in Hebrew: On one side, “Atonement for our sins, pardon for our infractions, forgiveness for our crimes”; on the other side, the initials of the sentence “Yet they deceived Him with their speech, lied to Him with their words; their hearts were inconstant toward Him; they were untrue to His convenant” [Psalms 78: 36]; “three times”; and the initials of the sentence “For the sin we have commited because of the evil inclination” from the Yom Kippur prayers.
L: 44.5; W: 7.5 cm
The Feuchtwanger Collection, purchased and donated by Baruch and Ruth Rappaport, Geneva
Accession number: HF 0311 ; 190/003

Shachar, Isaiah, Jewish Tradition in Art: The Feuchtwanger Collection of Judaica, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1981

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir