Scot rabbi creates worlds first official Jewish tartan

May 18th, 2008 - 11:51 am ICT by admin  

London, May 18 (ANI): The world now has the first official Jewish tartan thanks to a Scottish rabbi.

32-year-old Mendel Jacobs created the design after consulting the Scottish Tartans Authority and religious scholars.

The tartan, he says, is the perfect way to reflect Scotland’s Jewish history.

“As the only Scottish-born rabbi living in Scotland, I felt it was important to celebrate the rich tapestry of culture and history we share and it is particularly fitting for Israel’s 60th anniversary celebrations,” the Daily Record quoted him, as saying.

“The Jewish people have been an integral part of Scottish culture for more than 300 years, with the first Jew recorded in Edinburgh in 1691.”

The tartans colours, weave and number of threads all emphasise the Jewish connection.

“The blue and white represent the colours of the Scottish and Israeli flags, with the central gold line representing the gold from the Biblical Tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant and the many ceremonial vessels,” he said.

“The silver is from the decorations that adorn the Scroll of Law and the red represents the traditional red Kiddush wine.

“The cloth is also 100 per cent kosher - being a non-wool linen mix.” (ANI)

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