This decorative shivviti
includes a stylized illustration of the menorah, the seven-branched candelabrum kindled in the Temple in Jerusalem. A distinctive element incorporated into most shivviti
plaques, the menorah is here fashioned from the words of psalm 67. The custom of meditating on an image of this psalm so shaped before reciting the morning prayers in order to put the worshiper into the proper frame of mind was encouraged by rabbinic authorities such as David Abudarham as far back as the fourteenth century. There are two further examples of shivviti
s that appear to have been created by the same scribe-artist, the first in a private collection in Israel and the second in the collection of The Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary, the latter dedicated by Nissim Ezekiel Ereza in Vratsa (Bulgaria) in 677 (1916-1917).
New York, Jewish Theological Seminary Ms. 9407 (http://garfield.jtsa.edu:8881/R/-?func=dbin-jump-full&object_id=161167&silo_library=GEN01)