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

In 2019, in a suburb of Chicago, I wove this series of ten tapestries on the 3000-year-old story of receiving and accepting the covenant at Sinai as recorded in the Torah. My hope is that, in addition to contributing to the established beauty of Temple Har Zion in River Forest, IL, which commissioned the work, the tapestries will serve both to memorialize events on and by a mountain in a Middle Eastern desert 3500 years ago and to encourage the ongoing process, of defining who we aspire to be. 
 
As a color motif, I chose a deep purplish blue to symbolize t’chelet, the “Jewish” blue mentioned in the Torah, and which we were commanded to use in the tzitzit in the four corners of our prayer shawls. I have woven it into all ten tapestries, symbolizing a specific object or concept in each piece.

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

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