Hart Windows

Prayer and Truth

The Jewish people have been called "the people of the book." In the window they seem to rise up from the open book. .. The people ... sing a service to God. These people in silhouette are a visual extension of the people in the Sanctuary of Bat Yam. Light surrounds the congregation: window light, the light of their joyful spirit, the light of truth ... In ancient times, to pray meant to offer a perfect animal as a sacrifice to God. The circle with a ram's hom within is a remembrance of those ancient yearnings to connect with holiness. The ram's hom is sounded on holy days to confront the truth of our actions. In 70 CE, the rabbis substituted prayer, repentance and acts of charity for animal sacrifice. When one truly prays or repents, or is charitable, they are transformed as is the world. The woman tuming in the window represents Bat Yam drawing near to making the world a better place. The geometric shapes emanating from the open book are ancient musical signs. Bar and Bat Mitzvah students learn to sing their Torah and Haftarah portions using these signs. This stained glass window has its own melody ... The baby in its mother's arms looks out of the window of prayer and truth toward the window of lovingkindness and peace ...

Loving-kindness and Peace

Loving-kindness pushes the limits of our understanding. The colors swirl past limitations represented by the vertical and horizontal lines within the window showing the weakness of limits we impose on love ... Loving-kindness is full of color. These colors are our thoughts and feelings made manifest. The colors of the sea and sky, our shadows and our songs, our laws and our prayers are emanating into the world. The rabbis have said that our reason for living is "L'taken olam" (to repair the world). The world is full of broken things, like broken glass, shattered dreams, poor health, hopelessness; and, all call for repair. This window envisions the repair of the world. In the window, symbolically, the broken pieces of life find wholeness and are restored to beauty. In the center of the window is an intertwined Mobious strip in the shape of the Star of David. A Mobious strip is an enclosure that has only one side as peace has no sides and no wars. The core of our laws, justice, prayers, our understanding of truth and our loving-kindness is hope for peace.

 

5151 NE 14th Terrace
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334
One block north of Commercial Blvd. and NE 15th Ave.

Phone: (954) 928-0410
Fax: (954) 928-0762

info@templebatyam.org

One block north of Commerical Blvd. west of 15th Ave.

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