Berit Engen: WEFT and D'RASH – Weaving a Thousand Jewish Tapestries
Berit Engen: WEFT and D'RASH – Weaving a Thousand Jewish Tapestries


MOUNT SINAI ON ROUTE 43
– From the Shore of the Sea to the Mishkan in Our Hearts

This series of ten tapestries on the story of receiving and accepting the covenant at Sinai was woven in Oak Park, Illinois, USA, about 3500 years after the event. The artist hopes that the series will both memorialize the dramatic episode and profound commitment on a mountain in a Middle Eastern desert long ago and encourage the ongoing process of becoming who we aspire to be.
 
As a color motif, the artist chose a deep purple-blue to represent t’khelet. God commanded us to use this blue hue, mentioned 49 times in the Torah, on one thread in the tzitzit attached to the corners of our garments (Numbers 15:37-39). This color is woven into all ten tapestries, symbolizing a specific object or concept in each piece. Thus, t’khelet connects the story elements from the first tapestry, depicting the Israelites’ celebration by the Sea of Reeds, to the last, symbolizing the internalization of the commandments in our hearts.

(10/10 tapestries) (The series is to be viewed from right to left.)
 

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