Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries, Shevat ~ עץ חיים היא, Visual Arts

Eitz Chaim Shadow Box

A Shadow Box “Eitz Chaim” created by artist Paula Shuchat Miller using beads, fabric, paper wood, and stone (2007). The text of the Eitz Chaim – the tree of life – is printed on the scroll and is connected to the roots at the base of the piece. Here the words act as a foundation to support the growth of the tree and is an integral part of the natural ecosystem showcased in the box.

Eitz Chaim Mixed Media

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Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries, Painting & Drawing, Shevat ~ עץ חיים היא

Etz Chaim – Shoshanna Bauer

Shoshanna Bauer Etz Chaim“Etz Chaim”

Watercolor by Shoshanna Bauer

In the artists words: “Etz Chayim is based on Proverbs 3:17-18 English translation of the lyrics: A tree of life to those who hold fast to it,and all who cling to it find happiness. Its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all its paths are peace. Help us and guide us, inspire us and provide us. With the wisdom Your Torah can show. Cause us to learn, renew and return, Just as in days of old.”

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BooksAndBlintzes thanks Shoshanna Bauer for sharing her art with us. Please respect her creative and legal rights and do not copy or distribute this image without her consent.

Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries, Shevat ~ עץ חיים היא

“It Is A Tree of Life”

Tree of LifeAs we welcome the new Hebrew month of Shevat, we enter a new season of growth and creativity in our communities. The holiday of Tu B’Shevat (the 15th day of this month) celebrates the new agricultural year in Israel. Its origins are in finding a way to mark “the birthday of the trees”, allowing farmers to calculate the age of crops and fulfilling the Biblical commandments related to agricultural tithing and sacrifices.

Tu B’Shevat’s focus on the land opens up infinite opportunities for artists to connect with the ecological and natural worlds through a Jewish lens. One of the most well-known images in Jewish text and art is the “Tree of Life”. The idea of the etz chayim as an accessible source of strength and pathway to holiness is the central theme of this month’s Jewish Text Art Challenge.

Throughout this new month of Shevat, Books and Blintzes will be showcasing art that draws on the verse “עץ חיים היא למחזיקים בה” – “It is a tree of life for all who hold fast to it”. We hope that these works will inspire you to make new connections and find deeper meaning in your own art and spiritual journeys.

To submit your work to be included in the Shevat Jewish Text Art Gallery, please complete the contact form at