Portable Ark for Future Generations


This portable ark is a visual exploration of the theme of Jewish Continuity. The design is inspired by G-d’s recognition of Avraham’s faithfulness in the Akedah story- the binding of Isaac- which we read on the 2nd day of Rosh Hashanah. G-d blesses Avraham, and promises to multiply Avraham’s descendants “as the stars in the heavens and the sands on the seashore” (Genesis 22:17). The quote is illustrated by a vast night sky, presiding over a starlit seashore. The circle in which it is framed acts as a metaphor for a telescopic view of our Jewish future, one which we hope will be as prolific as in G-d’s promise. By using a metaphor that draws on the splendor of the natural world, we reinforce our connection with the Source of creation. The seascape is relief-carved beechwood with aniline dyes, the doors are Nordic birch, and the cabinet itself is cherry.