Know Before Whom

When we go to services in Jackson, we attend Beth Israel — my post from last week about our visit to KKBE in Charleston made me think of the BI — first of all, BI is just mid-century wonderfulness:

Beth Israel, Jackson MS
Although established in 1860, the congregation moved here to Old Canton Road in 1967.

Beth Israel, Jackson MS

Beth Israel, Jackson MS

Whereas the centuries-old KKBI had this above its ark — ‘Know Before Whom Thou Standest’:

KKBE, Charleston SC

Beth Israel has this on the wall diagonal from the ark:
Beth Israel, Jackson MS

And my home synagogue has it (more about the phrase here) in Hebrew above its ark, too, which can be transliterated as ‘Da Lifnei Mi Atah Omed’:

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