Congregation Shaarei Shamayim’s first congregational art project involves creating banners displaying the 48 middot (virtues) found in Pirkei Avot (Chapter 6:6). In Addition to getting everyone to study Pirkei Avot, we wanted to create an activity that the whole family could get involved in, and wasn’t too complicated. We provided the details in a flyer that was distributed to the members of our the congregation. Using a 12 x 12 piece of fabric, the banner is folded down three inches from the top to create a loop. We will then use the finished banners to decorate the sanctuary on Shavuot and also use them as decorations for our succah on Sukkot. This unique way of commerating the holiday and is open to anyone who would like to participate. No need to be a member of Shaarei Shamayim to make a banner, you can create your own personal flag and place it in the box at the shul lobby.
The concept is based on Tibetan/Nepalese prayer flags that are used to promote peace and compassion. Both countries believe the prayers are carried by the wind and promote good will and compassion. We hope to fill the air with the middot (positve virtues) from Pirkei Avot.
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