A crown for the Torah scroll is one of the typical ornaments in the synagogues of all Jewish communities. The crown adorns the Torah scroll and is placed on top of the handles of the wooden staves. A Torah crown is typically made of silver or another material with a silver coating, and sometimes, it is embellished with diamonds, precious stones, and gold decorations. According to tradition, Torah crowns are crafted in a way that they produce a sound when the Torah scroll is carried or danced with so that the congregation can hear and stand in reverence of the Torah when it is raised. The appearance and use of Torah crowns have changed over the years. In the past, it was common to crown the Torah scroll with a single crown, but sometimes with two smaller crowns (one on each wooden stave) called 'Rimonim.' The advantage of having two such 'crowns' was using a smaller amount of material, making production more cost-effective. Today, most Ashkenazi Torah scrolls are adorned with a crown with two rings on the lower part, which sit on a track, allowing for easy adjustment to the location of the wooden staves. Sephardic Torah scrolls, on the other hand, often feature crowning the upper part of the wooden case where the scroll is placed, resembling a crown, and an additional 'Rimonim' is added.

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