It is one of the most well-known of Jewish teachings – ואהבת לרעך כמוך – Love Your Neighbor As Yourself. It is associated not only with the verse in the Torah (Leviticus/Vayikra 19:18) but also with the sages Hillel and Rabbi Akiva.
Between the festivals of Passover and Shavuot there is the Jewish tradition of counting the omer. Some consider the first 33 days of this period to be a time of mourning, remembering a plague that is said to have consumed the rabbinic academies in the time of Rabbi Akiva. Many celebrate the end of the plague on the 33rd day (Lag B’Omer) with bonfires and recalling the teachings of the great sages.
We are looking forward to being inspired by these words and sharing the art that they inspire all month long!