The hand wrought letters of the crown shape the mantle just as Torah shapes our lives. “For out of Zion shall go forth the Law”, Isaiah 2.3.
The richly textured cinnamon silk conveys the protective tree bark surface of the aytz chiam with hidden spaces where fiber strands curl and
penetrate the honeycomb of passages representing the layering of Jewish history and the ingathering of the Jewish people. Eighteen leaves adorn this side, three are molten pools of metal symbolizing the fervor of
the Jewish people keeping Torah alive.
The priestly white quilted robe reveals the shofar’s echoing reverberations reaching deep inside ourselves. The undulating curved edge fastens with
seven buttons signifying ‘shlaymut’ -completeness. A sheathe to house the yad, (another on the reverse side) has a feather embroidered on it symbolizing that the words of Torah are written with a quill. Placing it
over the mouthpiece directs the breath of the scribe penning the words, entwining it with the breath of the shofar; both go to the heart of Kol Yisrael
*Inverse and Reverse was awarded First prize in the
Art of the Torah Juried Invitational Exhibition.
It was chosen as First Place
winner because of its adherence to the Theme of the Exhibition, obvious commitment and ability for excellence, and for it's originality and ubiquitousness, in being able to utilize the white satin, embroidered side for High Holy Days and the beautiful cinnamon side for the year-round.