This area is the formal entrance to the building and is therefore called “the gatehouse.” The Pyramid, which is the center of the area, is an architectural representation of the Second Temple period, inspired by Zechariah’s Tomb and Absalom’s Pillar located in the Yehoshafat Valley in Jerusalem. The Pyramid is surrounded by a three-story law library . The three floors of the library serve three groups of people: the work area on the first floor is for lawyers and law clerks; the second floor is for sitting justices; the third floor is for retired justices.|
The library is situated in “the gatehouse,” the most central place in the building, in order to emphasize the importance and primacy of the law volumes. These books express the legal traditions of justice, wisdom and culture of many nations of the world.
In the library, as elsewhere in the building, the abstract values of law and justice are represented by geometric shapes inspired by biblical metaphors. The straight line, which symbolizes a direct path, represents the concepts of “law” and “truth.” The concept of justice is represented by circles found throughout the building and expressed in the passage of the Book of Psalms, “He guideth me in the circles of justice for the sake of His name,” (Psalms 23:3).