The Dedication of the Hart Windows

The Hart Windows, dedicated May 10, 2002, are the gift of Dr. Beatrice Loewenherz, Z''L, in memory of her late husband, Walter, and family. They were created by nationally acclaimed Chicago artist Charlotte Hart, and fashioned by Ms. Hart at the Botti Studio in Chicago.

Excerpts from artist Charlotte Hart's description of the windows follow:

These windows are original designs and represent classic rabbinic concepts about what is essential to the continued survival of the world. "Shimon the Righteous used to say: The world stands on three things; Torah study, prayer and acts ofloving-kindness" (Pirkei Avot 1:2). "Rabbi Shimon ben Gamliel says: The world endures on three things- justice, truth, and peace " (Pirkei Avot 1:18). There are close to five hundred pieces of hand made glass in each window and they took a year and a half to complete.

Torah and Justice

Here is the sea, close to the congregation of Bat Yam. The sea is choppy as life is often rough. The three boats on the right represent Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The three boats on the left, with correspondingly colored sails, are Sarah, Rebecca, and the double masted boat: Leah and Rachel. The boats are like balanced weighing scales. Here is the navigation of turbulence through the study of law and the dispensation of justice. The Jewish people have studied the Torah to know how to live within law and behave justly in the world. The study of Torah is also the understanding of identity and heritage. The sides of the open scroll infer the double helix. Today we seek the answers to laws of our physical being in the study of the human genome. The celebration of our drawing near to the heritage of our past, the knowledge of the future and the laws that tie this present moment to both are intimately bound to what is holy ... Like the blue thread woven through a prayer shawl, the voice singing the Sh 'ma declares the presence of holiness as it vibrates in the translation of Hebrew to its visual presence, treble and base, through the center of the open scroll... Above the open Torah scroll is the Hebrew letter "shin" ... the first letter in the Hebrew word "Shaddai" [a Divine Name] which translates to "Mighty."

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            Prayer and Truth                                       Loving-kindness and Peace





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