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Drop By Drop

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The Jewish Text Art Challenge text – “Love Your Neighbor As Yourself” is just one way to introduce children to Rabbi Akiva’s life and teaching. Jacqueline Jules’ book Drop by Drop is another opportunity for the whole family to learn together about the important leader and what he represents in our tradition. And Yevgenia Nayberg’s illustrations will help the text come alive to the smallest readers.

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Iyar - "V'Ahavta L'Reiacha Kamocha" ואהבת לרעך כמוך, Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries

The Original Human Right

Israel Stamp from 1958 In 1958, the State of Israel issued this stamp to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.

It showcases this month’s Jewish Text Art Challenge Text, marking its Biblical origins, and the multiple languages indicating the principle’s universal message.

For more information about this stamp and others in this series, please visit http://israelphilately.org.il/en/catalog/stamps/494/HUMAN%20RIGHTS

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Love is Essential

Just as deceptively simple as true, this image shows highlights the clarity of Rabbi Akiva’s message.

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Books and Blintzes created this image using Notegraphy to represent this month’s #JTAC Jewish Text Art Challenge text.

Iyar - "V'Ahavta L'Reiacha Kamocha" ואהבת לרעך כמוך, Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries

Love Your Neighbor As Yourself

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!