Holy Ark


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Holy Ark

n. Judaism
The cabinet in a synagogue in which the scrolls of the Torah are kept.
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Ho′ly Ark′


n.
a cabinet in a synagogue for keeping the Torah scrolls.
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References in classic literature ?
At intervals, it arched forth its vast archangel wings, as if to embrace some holy ark. Wondrous flutterings and throbbings shook it.
Such follow him, as shall be registerd Part good, part bad, of bad the longer scrowle, Whose foul Idolatries, and other faults Heapt to the popular summe, will so incense God, as to leave them, and expose thir Land, Thir Citie, his Temple, and his holy Ark With all his sacred things, a scorn and prey To that proud Citie, whose high Walls thou saw'st Left in confusion, BABYLON thence call'd.
The synagogue was conceived as a little sanctuary substituting for the Temple, she says, implying that the Holy Ark is a substitute for the biblical Ark of the Covenant.
These angelic figurines were the sequestered keepers of the Holy Ark and the Divine law, as well as the representatives of the nation of Israel before the Divine presence.
Finally the Torah scroll is finished, ready for a home in a special cabinet called Aron Kodesh, or Holy Ark. Students learn to read from the Torah scroll before they complete their bar or bat mitzvah, usually around the age of 12 years.
Now I must declare to the Whole World that the Holy Ark of the Covenant and the Tablets of Stones of the Ten Commandments are with me and many people on the Island of Molta [Malaita] in the country of Solomon Islands.
The bar's interior design is mostly made of wood with signs on the walls like in a picturesque Jewish town in Europe, alongside a sort of holy ark. The employees are dressed in traditional Jewish clothing with a cap on their heads.
Along with its sugary floors, other sacred remnants decorate MikvA[c] Israel-Emanuel including four 18th century chandeliers designed out of copper, blue stained-glass windows, mahogany pews, a huge organ, the Holy Ark and sanctuary.
"As the face of the Holy Ark, which holds the Torah scrolls and marks the direction of prayer, it was the threshold to the most sacred place in the synagogue.