Tallit: Shahar Avakeshka / At Dawn I Seek You
This tallit design combines words from two sections of the Shabbat morning service: Shahar Avakeshka / At Dawn I Seek You, a piyut (liturgical poem) about the darkness of dawn yielding to the warmth and light of the sun, and Hakol Yodukha / All Will Thank You, a prayer that talks about opening the windows of the sky. How can the sky have windows? But it makes sense to me in the context of Nishmat, “breath,” the prayer that follows these two: breath also opens and closes like a window. Both texts are combined as alternating dark and light lines, with space between two sections meant to resemble a window or gate, or maybe an eye, that opens at dawn as we awake and breathe in the morning air.
(This design is also available as a giclée print on watercolor paper, and you’ll find translations of the sections of both Shahar Avakeshka and Hakol Yodukha used on this design at that link, as well.)
Listen to Shahar Avakeshka as sung by musicians of B'nai Jeshurun, New York City.
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