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36.000 x 36.000 x 1.500 inches
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�And you shall love the Lord, your God, with all of your heart, with all of your soul and with all of your resources. Let these matters which I command you this day, be upon your heart. Teach them thoroughly to your children and speak of them while you sit in your home, while you walk on the way, when you retire and when you arise. Bind them as a sign upon your arm and let them be tefillin between your eyes. And write them on the doorposts of your house and upon your gates.�
This image is an expression of the first paragraph of the Sh�ma, instructing us to love God and how to go about it.
The black right angle and pair of dots are the trope marks for proper cantillation (chanting) of the first word that means, �And you shall love.�
Once again, the metallic copper represents the heavenly realm from where these words of Torah originated.
The pattern along the bottom is the diagram for tefillin, the phylacteries that are worn to bind one�s arm and be for frontlets between our eyes. One of the names of God, Shaddai, is embodied in the wrappings with the letter shin, the first letter of God�s name. This name is also used on the parchment upon which these words are written and stored in a mezuzah case, mounted on our doors to fulfill the commandment of writing these words on our doorposts.
The flowing lines from the black dots allude to the tzitzit, the fringe and their knotting patterns. In subsequent paragraphs, the commandment to wear these fringes is explained as a reminder to perform God�s commandments.
December 15th, 2009
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