Ornamental Wall Shtender
Steel with a marbled Patina
The floral designs are hand carved.
28″ x 18″ x 12″
The Shtender has always existed in some form or another as an aid in learning. Having an angled surface that a Sefer/book can rest on, one is able to singularly focus their energies on the text. It is for that reason the Shtender has been universally embraced as a tool in all synagogues, study halls and many Jewish homes. Its essence is to enable learning.
Our Kabbalists (ARI) teach that God had to constrict himself in order to make space for the universe to exist and grow. When we learn Torah we subdue our ego and expand our mind. The Ornamental Wall Shtender explores this idea of rooting oneself in space, emulating the humble trees and vegetation who don’t question their Creator. The Shtender is affixed to the wall, creating a unique ד עמות - four cubits (a measure of personal space), that facilitates expansiveness.