Friday, 22 June 2012

Weekend Reflections

















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.

The reader's  table in this synagogue is made  of glass.  

 Weekend Reflections was started on 27 September 2009, by  James. You can join this meme at some time during the weekend. Just post your photo and go to  James to tell him that you are on, or click on the logo in the sidebar.This meme is created for any type of reflection.



13 comments:

James said...

The windows are beautiful and their reflection is amazing!

Sylvia K said...

These are so beautiful indeed, Wil! Wonderful post for the day! Hope you have a lovely weekend! Enjoy!

Sylvia

TexWisGirl said...

the reflection onto the reader's table is wonderful!

Dina said...

Ah yes, it was a good sunny morning with the right light.

Reader Wil said...

You see from myposts that I appreciated it very much that you showed me the windows! Thank you once more!

Carole M. said...

lovely stained glass reflections and interesting post

eileeninmd said...

Lovely reflections, The stained glass windows are beautiful. Have a great weekend!

Scrappy Grams said...

such lovely reflections! I appreciated the tour also.

Leovi said...

Very nice with great colors, I like them all beautiful reflections Greetings and nice weekend.

Vagabonde said...

Que de jolies fenêtres! Surtout quand le soleil montre les nuances des couleurs – les bleus sont formidable.

Vicki Lane said...

What a great reflection!

zongrik said...

these are amazing windows.

glass torah table is cool. i got to read torah for a girl's bat-miztva once. it was an unique experience.

when time races like a bullet

Lew said...

What a beautiful reflection of the windows! My arch bridge is in Frederick, Md about 50 miles northwest of Washington, DC. Enter "carroll creek linear park frederick md" in google to find it. The bridge is just east of Market St.