Judah window


“Judah, your brothers will praise you; your hand will be on the neck of your enemies; your father’s sons will bow down to you. You are a lion’s cub.” – Genesis 49

Kings of Israel descended from Judah. This is illustrated by the jeweled crown on top of the window. Beneath the crown are hands held aloft in the traditional blessing. Note that each hand has only four fingers because of the Second Commandment’s prohibition against making an exact replica of the human form in a synagogue. The royal red background reflects Jacob’s blessing that Judah would wash his clothes in wine. Below the hands is the city of Jerusalem. Towards the lower right find the blue eyed lion. Look for the blue eye to help you find it. The Lion of Judah is the symbol of Jerusalem, the eternal united and undivided capital of the Jewish people. This is the only window that Marc Chagall signed with his Hebrew name.