graphic tohoroth




Tohoroth is Hebrew describing cleansing or cleanliness.
Two universal symbols for cleansing are fire and water.
The laws of Tohoroth are designed to create a deep sense of awe toward God.
(Tifereth Israel, Columbus, Ohio)

Excerpt from Stained Glass Quarterly article dated Fall 1989

Tohoroth (cleanliness) is the order dealing with the clean and unclean in things and persons. Most of these laws are, "...connected inseparably with the sanctuary, and have no validity apart from it." An explanation for this was ventured by Maimonides when he declared that the objective of the laws of Tohoroth was to set certain limitations and conditions upon Israel's approach to G-d. This created a deeper sense of awe and reverence toward G-d. For this reason, many of these laws apply only to activities carried on within the sanctuary and the holy objects used during the performance of related ritual. The laws of Tohoroth are, "...related to a higher order of existence, incomprehensible to our state of human knowledge."

The transcendental nature of Tohoroth demands a purely abstract approach to its symbolic depiction. Two universal symbols of purification are fire and water. These two elements are here suggested as a visual exemplary of Tohoroth.




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