Rabbi de­signs the ‘first Jewish tar­tan’

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY LIFE -

GLAS­GOW SHUL in the Park min­is­ter Rabbi Men­del Ja­cobs claims to have cre­ated the world’s first Jewish tar­tan.

Hav­ing con­sulted re­li­gious lead­ers and the Scot­tish Tar­tans’ Author­ity, Rabbi Ja­cobs set out to de­sign a tar­tan which would re­flect Scot­land’s Jewish his­tory. “As a Scot­tish-born rabbi, I felt it im­por­tant to cel­e­brate the rich ta­pes­try of cul­ture and his­tory we share. Jews have been an in­te­gral part of Scot­tish cul­ture for more than 300 years, with the first Jew recorded in Ed­in­burgh in 1691.”

He added that when “Eng­land was burn­ing and ex­il­ing its Jews in the Mid­dle Ages, Scot­land pro­vided a safe haven from Euro­pean an­tisemitism”.

The tar­tan’s colours, weave and threads were se­lected for their Jewish rel­e­vance. “The blue and white rep­re­sents the colours of the Is­raeli and Scot­tish flag with the cen­tral gold line rep­re­sent­ing the gold from the Bib­li­cal Taber­na­cle, the Ark of the Covenant and the many cer­e­mo­nial ves­sels. The sil­ver is from the dec­o­ra­tions that adorn the Scroll of Law and the red rep­re­sents the kid­dush wine.”

It has been reg­is­tered with the tar­tans’ author­ity, whose di­rec­tor Brian Wil­ton pointed out: “Be­long­ing to the Jewish clan is very much like be­long­ing to a tribe.”

Rabbi Men­del Ja­cobs with the tar­tan and the cer­tifi­cate of au­then­tic­ity

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