The Hebrew Letter – Zayin

ZAYEN is the 7th letter in the Hebrew alphabet.

Z’man, the word for Time begins with a ZAYEN. In our lives we are aware of the constant, steady irreversible passage of time. Unlike in fiction, our time flows onward, and cannot be ignored, destroyed nor nullified.

I find it interesting that the word Zachor (to remember) and Zikaron (remembrance), two words that take us Back In time – both begin with the letter ZAYEN.

We recently celebrated the High Holy Days when we ask to be “Remembered in the Book of Life”.

Zachor is one of two basic commandments of the Sabbath, there seems to be a very strong link between the seventh letter in the Hebrew alphabet and the day of rest.

The original meaning of the letter Zayin is a “sword” or “sharp weapon,” with the word “lezayen” coming to mean “to arm” in the Modern Hebrew language. However, please note – the word in slang and common talk has come to mean something else. You might note in the photo and video how my ZAYEN glows and comes alive in the dark…! (Edited version: None of the previous viewers have bitten on my ZAYEN reference)

And finally, are you feeling rushed or pressured? Meditate on the letter ZAYIN. Are you feeling unmotivated or frozen in time? Meditate on the letter ZAYEN.

AHAVA -Love with Beveled Magen David

I’ve created a number of pieces with Beveled Glass but I’ve decided to include a video of this piece.

The life this brings to the piece is stunning.

(PLEASE CLICK on the lower image.)

 

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Mira and Doron Celebrate Life!

Each Piece of fused glass in this mobile represents the Birthstone of a Special Month in Mira and Doron’s lives.

Doron’s birthday and Mira and Doron’s Wedding in September is the beautiful Sapphire.

Peridot is Matan’s birthstone for August.

Mira’s birthday is in June represented by Alexandrite.  These gemstones are extremely rare and desirable since they change color based on the lighting.

Shai’s birthday in March is celebrated by the Aquamarine.

And finally there’s Judah, whose November birthstone is Topaz!


All the pieces are hand etched in Hebrew.

 

The Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor

My children attended, and now my grandchildren attend the HDS.

I created this piece of stained glass art using the school’s logo.

 

I’m looking forward to sharing it with the community at the JCC in Ann Arbor.

 

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https://hdsaa.org/

MAC — The Dog

Is there Anyone who doesn’t Love Goldens?

 

Retrievers are loyal, loving and beautiful.

 

And my MAC is a prime example, don’t you think?

 

 

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Breaking the Wedding Glass – Mazal Tov!

Nearly everyone has seen this scene.

The Wedding Ceremony is over, except for one thing.

The attendees wait.

The groom raises his foot and crushes a glass wrapped in cloth.

The crowd rises, cheers, the couple kiss and walk back down the aisle –

a Happily Married Couple!!

Then   —   Ron runs up to grab the glass, and spirits it away….

Below you will see the steps to the finished product.

1  The broken glass

2)  Even smaller pieces

3)  In the Kiln ready for fusing

4)  The finished fused glass

5)  Ground round

6)  The pattern:  A Hamsa with Two Doves of Peace

7)  A small portion of the finished piece, highlighting the fused glass

8)  A small portion of the finished piece, highlighting the iridescence

9)  The Finished Piece hanging in a window.

Know anyone getting married?

Grab the Glass and get it to me!

 

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Ilana –Through the Looking Glass

A Bat Mitzvah Gift  —  For a Very Special Lady

Looking for that Special Gift?   —   Look No Farther than Ron’s Glass!

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Beth Israel’s 100th Anniversary – Thank You: Pam and Jeff

 

Finally I get to post these pieces of glass I created for the Beth Israel 100th Anniversary Gala last night. A special Thank You to Pam Landau and Jeff Bernstein for all the work you did to make the Entire Year such a success.

Thank you Bunky and Linda

 

Finally I get to post these pieces of glass I created for the Beth Israel’ 100th Anniversary  Gala last night. Thanks Bunky and Linda for all the work you did to make last night such a success.

AHAVAH — LOVE !

 

I took The Iconic LOVE Piece ( I obviously used the iconic Hebrew Ahavah Piece…),

and added a little “flair’.

If you’re interested in viewing this piece, and about 2 dozen more,

check out the Ann Arbor JCC, or the Hebrew Day School,

or Beth Israel Congregation, or the Jewish Family Service of Washtenaw County.

Hamsa – A symbol of Good Luck

Day or Night — This Hamsa will protect you against All Evil.

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Isn’t it interesting how differently it looks during the Day – and during the Night?!?

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“Eish” Mazal Tov – Ariel and Stephanie

For those who don’t understand: The glass in my cover photo is a wedding present for a recently married couple.
I took the first letters of their Hebrew names – and they form the word “Eish” = Fire.
I wanted to show the warmth of their relationship by working with yellows, reds and oranges to represent the Fire of their Love.
Wishing only the best for Ari and Stephanie!
Alef Shin