From the archives:
One of the three bronze doors of the Temple Emanu-El
I love the architectural and artistic design of churches and other religious sanctuaries — from its tiny details, stained glass windows, woodwork, to the symbols all around. It doesn’t matter if it’s a small or large structure, there’s always something amazing to see and appreciate.
I always enjoy passing by the Temple Emanu-El , which is located on the Upper East Side on Fifth Avenue. I never tire of taking a few minutes to stop and take in the beauty of its three magnificent bronze doors. The doors are styled with decorative motifs and bas-relief symbols that represent the twelve tribes of Israel. I always think to myself that if the outside of the sanctuary is impressive, I can only imagine how majestic the inside of the synagogue looks. Temple Emanu-El is rich in history, dating back to the 1800s when it was founded by a congregation of German Jewish immigrants.
An ass representing the tribe of Issachar
Mandrakes representing the tribe of Reuben
A Wolf representing the tribe of Benjamin