The Shavout Window

Shavuot whole hi-resA dense cloud separates God from the people on Mt. Sinai.  The tablets of the Law are given to Moses who, on returning, finds the Israelites worshipping the golden calf and breaks the tablets.  The tablets are given again and sit at the head of the tabernacle, which stands in the desert surrounded by tents.  In the centre is the Torah scroll, flanked by the lions of Judah and the hands representing the twelve Tribes of Israel.  The menorah binds together the desert landscape like a tree, with its roots in the earth and its branches reaching to heaven.  The window is itself reminiscent of a Torah shield, with the bells at the bottom.