Ahavath Torah Congregation
10′ x 8′
Handmade tile, recycled glass mosaic 24k gold accents
By Bonnie Cohen
“And they came, every man whose heart raised him up and whose spirit lifted him, and brought the offering to G-d”
The quote chosen for the Ahavath Torah Donor Wall is found in the Torah portion describing the building of the Mishkan designated to be the dwelling place of G-d on earth. “Let them build me a sanctuary that I might dwell among them”.
A stylized Menorah with seven branches spreads over the donor names like a tent. This recalls that the Mishkan is called “The Tent of Meeting”. The golden branches of the Menorah come together and reach down to the ground. At the center of the Menorah there is a golden stamp replicating an ancient depiction of the Ark of the Covenant (mosaic from the 6th Century, Beth Shean).
The six days of creation are abstractly portrayed between the branches of the Menorah, suggesting the Rabbinic interpretations connecting G-d’s creation of the universe with man’s creation of the Mishkan (Bamidbar Rabbah 12:13).
The rays of scarlet, purple, blue, gold, silver and bronze radiating downward from the Menorah represent the details of the Mishkan as described in the Torah. Pieces of mirror will be used along with handmade tiles and glass mosaic to recall the women’s generous donation of their mirrors for the Mishkan furnishings.
This artwork fulfills the commandment of hiddur mitzvah just as the Jews at Mt. Sinai did as they built the Mishkan and it is my hope that this artwork will highlight the lessons of the Mishkan and “lift the spirits” of those who have so generously donated to the temple.