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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.

 

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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.

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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

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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