“Maniere d’exposer la loy au peuple, avant que le commencer à la lire” [showing the Law of Moses to the community before reading], copper engraving made in 1725 by Bernard Picard for his “Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde”. Coloured by a later hand. Size (platemark): 16,5 x 21,5 cm.
It is the Sabbath ceremony. First the chazzan shows the Law of Moses to the People and says to the community: here is the Law that Moses put before the Children of Israel. Then the kohen reads first and a levite follows, seculars come after. After reading, the chazzan raises the Book and gives the blessing in Hebrew.