G‑d spoke to Moses and Aaron saying: The children of Israel shall encamp each man by his division with the flag staffs of their fathers' house; some distance from the Tent of Meeting they shall encamp. (Numbers 2:1-2)

Throughout their 40-year sojourn in the desert, the 12 tribes camped in groups around the Mishkan (Tabernacle). Each tribe was distinguished by its unique, colored banner. When the Cloud of Glory, which rested above the sanctuary, lifted, the tribes traveled to their next encampment. The vibrant movement of multitudes of people with their flags, advancing like the clouds above, is suggested in thick strokes of paint. Although the painting is abstract, we sense the excitement and vibrancy of the journey in colors. The blues, suggestive of water, flow between the banners connecting them. The midrash tells us that a network of streams ran between the tribes, separating them and also providing a means for interaction between them. We anticipate the time when the streams that divide will once again connect us!