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There Was Light – Harriet Goren

Artist Harriet Goren created this work (giclée print made from digital painting) to honor the memory of her friend Remie.

In the artist’s words:

“In addition to being a strong, determined, endlessly creative and loving wife, mother, and friend with a wonderful sense of humor, she was also a renowned scholar of the medieval Arabic world who focused on how people lived their daily lives. This text, and Esther, reminded me of her spirit and soul. The design is inspired by Arabic calligraphy, and the colors evoke the sand and water that she loved.”

Books and Blintzes is proud to share this image, inspired by the words of this month’s Jewish Text Art Challenge. Please respect the creative and legal rights of the artist and do not copy, share, or distribute this work without her permission.

More information about the artist and her work can be found at


Adar - la'yhudim hayta orah v'simcha, Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries

Adar – Jewish Text Art Challenge

Chodesh tov! Welcoming the Jewish month of Adar is our first step in celebrating the holiday of Purim. As part of the general festivities, this month’s verse for the Jewish Text Art Challenge comes from the Book of Esther.

לַיְּהוּדִים, הָיְתָה אוֹרָה וְשִׂמְחָה, וְשָׂשֹׂן, וִיקָר.

The Jews had light and gladness, and joy and honor. (Esther 8:16)

In the coming weeks, we are looking forward to being inspired by these words and how they have fueled our creativity. How do we present these ideas of light, gladness, joy, and honor in our art?

We hope you will join the conversation and tell us how our selections move you, as well as sharing how you have shown these words in your own pieces. To submit your art for this month’s Jewish Text Art Challenge gallery please go to the main gallery page at