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Jewish Text Art Challenge – Tammuz – The Two Tablets

Jewish Text Art Challenge - Tammuz

In the middle of summer and the Torah reading cycle firmly in the book of Bamidbar (Numbers), why does this month’s Jewish Text Art Challenge text come from the book of Shemot (Exodus)?

This verse, which is part of the famous narrative of the Ten Commandments and the golden calf, is also part of the Torah reading for minor fast days. One of these is the 17th of Tammuz, which commemorates the day the Romans breached the walls of Jerusalem, beginning the siege that ultimately led to the destruction of the Temple. It also marks the start of a three-week long period of mourning in the Jewish calendar that culminates on the 9th of Av.

The Torah reading for the minor fast days speaks of the covenant between God and the Jewish people. This image of Moses preparing to renew this relationship with the creation of the new tablets stands as a counterpoint to the images of loss and devastation that characterize the three weeks. It reminds us that even when the Isrealites appeared to be beyond redemption, their connection with God is never fully destroyed. In this way, even as the 17th of Av makes us mourners, it nevertheless cautions us not to give in to despair.

Over the next month, we are looking forward to sharing art that speaks to this balance of sorrow and hope and highlights the bond between God and the Jewish people.

Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries, Nissan ~ "B'tzeit Yisrael" בצאת ישראל

In the Sinai Again – Cornell Capa

Photographer Cornell Capa, born April 10, 1918, captures an image of the Israeli Defense Forces advancing in the Sinai desert during the 6 Day War. An Israel returning to the Sinai, towards Egypt – the same nation that rejoices in its Exodus in B’Tzeit Yisrael?

ISRAEL. 1967. Israeli Army columns advancing in the Sinai desert.

Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries, Nissan ~ "B'tzeit Yisrael" בצאת ישראל

Jerusalem Haggadah – Norman Slepkov

We found images of Jerusalem-based artist Norman Slepkov’s Jerusalem Hagaddah and didn’t want to wait a whole year to share them! While the holiday of Passover may be behind us for this year, the message of this month’s text B’Tzeit Yisrael continues to resonate. May all of our Passover experiences lead us to greater creativity and the freedom to use our art to express our connection to the Jewish tradition.

To see Norman Slepkov’s rendering of B’Tzeit Yisrael, please follow this link: http://www.haggadahbynorman.com/hp34.html 

Additional information about the artist and his work is at http://www.normansketubot.com/default.html

 

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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 https://www.gorenjudaica.com/.

 

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Dreams and Responsibilities – Schwartz

Schwartz Dreams

Remembering Delmore Schwartz, celebrated Jewish American poet, born December 8th 1913.

Do our miracles give us responsibilities like our dreams?

Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries, Kislev "Nes Gadol Haya Sham"

Miracles – The Fragility and Joy

Dancing Children - Melanie Dankowicz

Artist Melanie Dankowicz’s “Dancing Children Dreidel” papercut captures the fragility and joy of the Chanukah miracle. The precision and delicacy of her medium, alongside the celebration her work portrays inspires us to appreciate each moment. The story of a miracle is like a treasured heirloom. Sharing the Chanukah story with love, care, and joy will preserve the tradition for generations to come.

To see more of Melanie Dankowicz’s work, please visit www.dankowicz.com

Books and Blintzes is grateful to the artist for her permission to share this image of the “Dancing Children Dreidel”. We ask our readers and followers to please respect her creative and legal rights. Do not copy, share, or distribute this image without her approval.