Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries, July/Tammuz "Ma Tovu Ohalecha Ya'acov" How Goodly Are Your Tents O Jacob

Ma Tovu – A First Look At The Text

 

At the beginning of each month I like to drop the Jewish Text Art Challenge verse into Notegraphy.com and see how the different styles make the words pop for me. With this month’s selection, “Ma Tovu – How Goodly Are Your Tents” from the Book of Numbers 24:5, this geometric and colorful style really made them explode off the screen. I love the idea of looking down at the Israelite’s camp and seeing the diversity of the tents. There’s texture and color in the triangles but a unity in the diamond as a whole. For me this text is all about perspective, and what you will see when encountering something new.

It’s a first look at Ma Tovu – I can’t wait to share more! Join the conversation and tell us your impression. What does this text mean to you? Sing it, paint it, dance it, make it yours! Happy creating time!

Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries, June/Sivan "Ki Asher Telchi Eilech" Where You Go I Will Go

Celebrating Our Artists

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Thank you to the following artists and organizations for sharing their creativity and inspiration during the June/Sivan Jewish Text Art Challenge:

 

 

 

July/Tammuz "Ma Tovu Ohalecha Ya'acov" How Goodly Are Your Tents O Jacob

Ma Tovu – How Goodly Are Your Tents

The Torah portion “Balak“, which comes from the Book of Numbers and is read during the Hebrew month of Tammuz includes Balaam’s blessing of the Israelites. Although he had been hired to curse the people, his “eyes were opened” and at the moment, was moved to praise, rather than censure. The rabbis incorporated this verse into the daily morning prayer service, when at the time that people enter the synagogue, they recognize the value of coming together as a community.

מַה-טֹּבוּ אֹהָלֶיךָ, יַעֲקֹב; מִשְׁכְּנֹתֶיךָ, יִשְׂרָאֵל

“How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, thy dwellings, O Israel”

This month’s Jewish Text Art Challenge Gallery will feature media that represent artistic understandings of this blessing. Join the conversation by sharing which ones speak to you, and your own creations that praise the values of community and klal Yisrael.

 

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Ruth – Reflection in Stained Glass

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.

Ruth Sherwin Miller Museum Window

With thanks to the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art for their permission to use the image. Please do not copy, share, distribute, etc. without their express consent. For more information about the museum, its collection, and educational programs, please visit their website at http://jewishmuseum.net/.

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Joining A People

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.

Thank you to Kim Phillips for allowing BooksandBlintzes to use this image. The artist maintains all rights over this image and it may not be copied, shared, distributed, etc. without her express permission.

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Following Ruth To Her Future

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.

Matriarch Ruth
by Illinois based visual artist Leah Sosewitz

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.”

~ Leah Sosewitz

Find out more about Leah Sosewitz’s work at www.judaicartstudio.com

Thank you to Leah Sosewitz for allowing BooksandBlintzes to use this image. The artist maintains all rights over this image and it may not be copied, shared, distributed, etc. without her express permission.