Av - Nachamu

Needlepoint Comfort – Chaim Parchi

We were mesmerized by the colors and fluidity in Chaim Parchi’s needlepoint design. With the words of “Nachamu – comfort” surrounding images of Jerusalem, Parchi’s design embraced us. We couldn’t help but wonder how the completed needlepoint would feel under our fingertips, magnifying how our sense of touch is connected with the idea of comfort and safety.

Thank you to the artist, Chaim Parchi, for his permission to use this image, and to Doreen Finkel at www.artneedlepoint.com for connecting us. More information and his other work can be found at http://www.artneedlepoint.com/artists/parchi-chaim.

Av - Nachamu

Nachamu – The Power of The Words

Israeli-artist Michael Sgan-Cohen created this acrylic and oil pen work in 1978. The street sign and emphasis on the words highlight the prophetic nature of the verse. It is a direction and call to action underlining the power of words to bring comfort.

By Michael Sgan-Cohen (מיכאל סגן-כהן) (Ktavim) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Av - Nachamu, Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries

Nachamu Nachamu Ami – The Music

Follow the links below to hear recordings or watch videos of musical arrangements for this month’s Jewish Text Art Challenge. We are always looking to increase the diversity of the art that we showcase. If you have original compositions or can connect us with someone who does, please be in touch!

We will add to this page as our collection grows. Let us know when you hear something that is especially meaningful or moves you.

  1. Pizmon (Co-ed Jewish A Cappella Group – Columbia University, Barnard College, Jewish Theological Seminary) Performs at Edgar M. Bronfman Memorial at Lincoln Center 1/28/2014. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGyLErU34Sw&feature=youtu.be
  2. Chai Notes (Co-ed Jewish A Cappella Group – Cornell University) Chai Notes alumni song Spring 2016 concert. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hWw4imCV44&feature=youtu.be
Av - Nachamu

Nachamu – Be Comforted My People

Inspired by the words of Isaiah 40:1, the verse begins the haftara on Shabbat Nachamu, the “Shabbat of Comfort” immediately following the 9th of Av. It is the first in a series of texts of consolation, moving from the darkest day of Jewish history as the community seeks comfort, strength, the vision to rebuild. Join BooksAndBlintzes all through the Hebrew month of Av as we share inspiration for finding solace in the arts.

If you have original work you would like to contribute, please be in touch! We would love to hear your thoughts, feelings, and feedback about the images and music that we showcase on this site.