The Rosh HaShana Window
The sighting of the new moon and the lighting of bonfires announced Rosh Hashanah. The shofar notes are sounded, Tekiah, Shevarim, Teruah, Tekiah …, proclaiming the threefold nature of Rosh Hashanah as;
- the anniversary of the worlds creation, with the top of the panel showing the expanse of the heavens laid out as a curtain.
- the day of renewing the bond between God and Israel, shown by Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Isaac until an angel stays the hand of Abraham, who cuts the bindings and sacrifices the ram caught in the thicket. In the reciprocal bond, God remembers the promises to the patriarchs.
The metalwork of the frame depicts the notes of the shofar, each sounded in turn until the final tekiah of triumph at the top.
At the bottom of the panel, the sea provides a dual symbol of the chaos produced by sin or the calming, purifying waters, receptacle of the sins of Israel in the Tashlikh ceremony. The fish swarm as in the proliferation of good deeds, their eyes never closing just as God always watches us.