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The Roi Granot Bar Mitzvah Book

Archie Granot created this book for his son Roi on the occasion of his bar mitzvah in October 1989. The manuscript was executed on sheets of 200gm hand made, Fabriano paper and was hand bound in leather. The first page is a colored and multilayered papercut, encapsulated by two texts in Hebrew, with the name Roi at its center. The central element of the front page papercut is repeated on the front cover with inlaid in cut leathers

All remaining pages in the book follow the design of the first page and contain the haftarah, (the supplementary portion from the prophets), chanted by the bar mitzvah boy in the synagogue. This text has been enhanced by a decorative border incorporating excerpts from a piyyut, a lyrical composition, for the Shabbat eve, that was composed during the second half of the 16th century by the Italian philosopher and kabbalist, Rabbi Mordechai ben Judah Dato.

The final page of the book also contains a colophon, signed by the artist, that reads: "I hereby give this haftarah book to my son, Roi, in the holy city of Jerusalem as he accepts responsibility for observing the sacred commandments. I completed the book on the eve of Rosh Hashana, 5750."

The book is 15.25" high; 11.5" wide and 2" deep.


Leather Binding - Front Cover
Inlaid "papercut" in Colored Leathers

The unique double binding
compensates for differing
paper heights


Front End Pages




Front Page

Font Page - Detail


1st Text Page

2nd Text Page

3rd Text Page

4th Text Page


5th Text Page



6th Text Page



7th Text Page


8th Text Page


9th Text Page


10th Text Page


11th Text Page
with Colophon

Leather Binding - Back Cover

Double Binding


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