These three windows of Joseph, Benjamin and Ruben are reflected in the Reader's Table.
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In every synagogue a Torah ark and a reader's table are present.
The Torah ark is a cabinet in which the Torah scrolls are kept.
The ark is reminiscent of the Ark of the Covenant which contained the tablets with Ten Commandments. This is the holiest spot in a synagogue, equivalent to the Holy of Holies. The ark is often closed with an ornate curtain, the parochet פרוכת, which hangs outside or inside the ark doors.
A large, raised, reader's platform called the bimah , where the Torah scroll is placed to be read, is a feature of all synagogues.
In the synagogue of the Hadassah Hospital near Jerusalem the reader's table is made of glass and not raised on a platform, so that the reader has to go down a few steps, reminding people of psalm:130."Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, o Lord".
|Three of the windows reflected in the Reader's Table.|