Abstract

A GLIMPSE AT MATHEMATICS IN JEWISH TRADITIONAL ARTEFACTS

Thierry Dana-Picard* , Sara Hershkovitz**

* Mathematician
Address: Department of Mathematics, Jerusalem College of Technology, Havaad Haleumi Street 21, Jerusalem 91160, Israel;
E-mail: ndp@jct.ac.il

** Mathematics educator
Address: Department of Mathematics, Center for Educational Technology (CET), 16 Klausner St. Tel Aviv, 69011, Israel;
E-mail: sarah@cet.ac.il

Abstract: We present connections between mathematics and arts through two mathematical topics: examples of symmetries, either axial or rotational, and Fibonacci numbers, in various items belonging to Jewish religious life. They can be either buildings (synagogues) or cultural objects. Not only planar symmetries are described, but also more complex ones, like screwings in 3D space.

Keywords: symmetries, reflections, rotations, screwing, synagogues.