Creation: Day 4-The Creation of Time

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This was inspired by Maariv Prayer.
Yom Revi’i-Day Four of Creation.
Copyright 2009 Joanne Yocheved Heiligman
6′ across all 7 directions.
Based on the evening prayer, “Maariv” or מעריב, this depicts the cyclical nature and the role of the heavenly bodies in our perception of time.

Day Four (Yom Revi’i) Inspired by Maariv Prayer-Moving outward from the center, we see the fundamental cycle of time, day and night, the seasons, the months of the year illustrated by a Jewish holiday or Torah reading, the months by their corresponding constellations, the weeks of the year with the labeled with their Torah portion in Hebrew beadwork, the traditional Psalm of the Day for each day of the week with quotations in sometimes playful English beadwork. The binding on the outermost shows clocks for the hours and the minutes of the days.

The Maariv Prayer:

Blessed are you, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the Universe, who at Your word brings on the evening twilight, with wisdom opens the gates of the heavens, and with understanding changes times and cycles the seasons. Arranging the stars in their watches in the sky, according to Your plan, You create day and night; You roll away the light from before the darkness, and the darkness from before the light; you make the day pass and the night to descend, and divide the day from the night, God of the diverse vastness is Your name. God, living and enduring continually, may you reign over us for ever and ever. Blessed are you, Adonai, who brings on the evening twilight.

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