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Tefila / Prayer - SGA19

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The central motive in this work represents the Temple and is inspired by a drawing found above the Torah niche in the Dura-Europos synagogue (in present day Syria and dating from the end of second to beginning of third century C.E.) Jewish lore (aggadah) tells us that the Temple sits at the center of Jerusalem; which in turn sits at the center of the Land of Israel; which in turn sits at the center of the world. Thus the work is in a round globe like shape with white and blue - the colors of the State of Israel - as the dominant colors.

The two texts around the work are the only references in the Bible to the custom of facing Jerusalem during prayer. They read: "Now when Daniel learned that the writing was signed, he went into his house; his windows were open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, and he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed." Daniel, 6:11. "And they pray to you toward this city which you have chosen, and the house which I have built for your name." Chronicles II, 6:34.

The original papercut, from which this print was published, was handcut in 14 layers of paper and was completed in 1995.

Print size: 12.5" x 10.5"
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