Elul - Shma Koleinu, Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries, Words of Wisdom

Ben Shahn – Intimacy

9-12 Shahn

Ben Shahn, born September 12, 1898.

His visual art and writing offered an incisive social critique and a thoughtful relationship between image and text.

How do we listen to our art? How does it reflect our most intimate voice?

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Elul - Shma Koleinu, Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries

Shema Koleinu – Debbie Friedman

An a-cappella choral arrangement for Debbie Friedman’s composition of Shomea Tefillah blessing. Featuring the cantorial soloists: ***Amelia Lavranchuk (sop.), ***Harriet Dunkerley ( Mezz.), ***Leah Shafritz (mezz.), ***Sarah Grabiner (alt.). ARRANGED AND CONDUCTED BY : BOAZ DOROT (2015)

Elul - Shma Koleinu, Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries

Shma Koleinu – Hear Our Voice

Sometimes the simplest words are the ones that are the hardest to say. Our basic need to be heard, whether it is by loved ones, our community, or God, resonates strongly throughout the high holiday season, and that is why we selected it to be our text for this month’s Jewish Text Art Challenge.

Throughout the month of Elul we will be preparing to speak our truths on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This emphasis on authentic self-expression is one of the fundamental principles of BooksAndBlintzes. We hope that throughout the month, the art that we share representing “Shma Koleinu”, will inspire you to find and create work that helps your voice to be heard, and your prayers answered.

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Lamentations 3:25 – Jewish Text Art Challenge Av 5778

#Eichah 3:25The Jewish Text Art Challenge verse for the Hebrew month of Av comes from the book of Lamentations (Eichah). The 9th day of the month was traditionally set aside as a fast day to commemorate the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem. Over time, the day itself, and the weeks leading up to it, has become a period of mourning, during which the community reflects and remembers times of persecution.

Eichah includes a great deal of suffering, describing in graphic detail, some of the awful punishments afflicting the Jewish people at the time of the ancient expulsion. The verse for the challenge comes at the exact halfway mark of the book, and is one of a very few mentions of goodness. It also reflects the strength of the relationship between God and the Jewish people. At one of the darkest moments of the nation’s history, there is still opportunity to connect with the Divine.