As the two women made direct eye contact in this vibrantly colored piece, Ruth’s words are underlined as a declaration for starting over, establishing a new understanding of what their life together could become.
“Ruth and Naomi – Shavuot” by textile artist Carol Racklin-Siegel. Dyes on silk, created in 2003.
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This stained glass window, which shows Ruth’s intention to stay with Naomi as Orpah leaves them, is now on display at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art in Tulsa, OK. The museum received it from a synagogue in Houston, TX, and it dates back to 1908. The artist is unknown.
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This image spoke to us because of its simplicity; a few words, and a few sheaves of wheat, reflect actions that changed Ruth’s life and that of all her people.
About the artist:
Kim Phillips is a Judaica artist working in Monteagle, Tennessee. She discovered the art of Jewish papercutting on her first trip to Israel in 2006. “As a convert to Judaism, I dove into text study and was overwhelmed by the imagery and deep meaning found in them. I resolved then and there to learn the craft. My goal has been to merge the visual and textual parts of Judaism, and to bring the creative tradition of papercutting forward in a modern way.” More of Kim’s work can be seen at www.hebrica.com. She studied at Pardes in Jerusalem and holds a pararabbinical certification from Hebrew Union College-JIR in Cincinnati.
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We were moved to share this paper cut because of how it showcases the impact of Ruth’s declaration to Naomi. In the moment that Ruth made her decision to stay by her mother-in-law’s side, she also chooses a new path that will lead her to a different future. We saw reflected in the lush colors a sense of hope that in Ruth’s famous words.
From the artist:
“The artwork was created with a paper cutting of the name Ruth and the image of the barley Ruth gleaned with her fellow reapers. Within the tav of the hebrew name Ruth, is a smaller painted illustration of Ruth collecting the sheaves of barley. Done for the holiday of Shavuot, the tablets with the 10 commandments are also included in the design. Behind the cutting is hand painted paper done in the colors of the earth, green, gold and blue.”
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In this striking oil painting by Israeli artist Abraham Yakin, we see the contrast in the behavior of Naomi’s two daughters-in-law. Orpa, in the background, leaves alone. In the foreground, Ruth remains with Naomi. Imagining Ruth declaring her intention to stay by Naomi’s side, we see a contrast of the broken-hearted; Ruth is able to reach out to another, while Orpa is completely isolated in her grief.
With appreciation to Abraham and Hannah Yakin for their permission to share this image on BooksandBlintzes.com. You can see more of Abraham and their family’s work at www.art-yakin.com. This image is the property of the artist and is not to be copied, shared, distributed, etc. without his permission.