Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries, Shevat - Flowing With Milk And Honey

A Land Flowing With Milk And Honey

blog coverThe verse we selected for the Hebrew month of Shevat focuses on the connection to the land of Israel inspired by the holiday of Tu B’Shevat. The annual celebration of the “birthday of the trees” takes place on the 15th of this month, and connects Jewish ideas of environmental stewardship, homeland, and peoplehood. Communities plant trees and gardens (as Israel enters its mild spring), and savor the seven species named in the Torah. Together we seek to celebrate the gift of the promised land – the land flowing with milk and honey.

 

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Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries, Sculpture, Tevet - Burning Bush

The Weiser Memorial – “Burning Bush”

Northern Hills Memorial

The Weiser Memorial “Burning Bush” sculpture at the Northern Hills Synagogue in Cincinnati, OH. Designed by Julie Staller-Pentelnik and sculpted by David Klass, created in memory of congregant Norman Weiser in 2006.

https://www.nhs-cba.org/WeiserMemorial.htm

 

Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries, Tevet - Burning Bush

Behold, The Bush Burned With Fire

It’s easy to overlook the Hebrblog coverew month of Tevet’s arrival. Chanukah celebrations are in full swing, and the only “holiday” is a minor fast on the 10th day of the month.

But in the annual cycle of Torah reading, Tevet contains a featured event. We complete the Book of Breishit (Genesis) and begin the Book of Shemot (Exodus). While we won’t get to the Israelite’s actual exodus from Egypt and freedom from slavery until next month, the first chapters of the Book of Shemot contain some of the most well-known and pivotal scenes in all of Biblical literature – including Moses’ meeting with God at the site of the burning bush.

We selected this verse that begins this encounter as this month’s Jewish Text Art Challenge because of its essential role in the story of the Jewish people. It incorporates ideas of faith, relationship, holiness, spiritual transformation, individual power, miracles and magic, just to name a few. We are looking forward to sharing some of our favorite art inspired by this text, and hope that it will get all of our creative juices flowing.

Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries, Kislev - Not By Might

Not By Might and Not By Power – Kislev 5779

We welcome the new Hebrew month of Kislev with the words of the prophet Zechariah:

“Not by might and not by power; but by My spirit! declared Adonai, God of Hosts” (Z 4:6)

This verse comes from haftara portion that we read the Shabbat that occurs during Chanukah, and celebrates the faith that allows us to reach our goals. Whether we are working towards an independent objective or a greater communal goal, this text reminds us to consider the spiritual impact of our accomplishments, both for ourselves and for our communities.

Force and sheer will can only move us so far forward. During this month, BooksAndBlintzes will feature art that is inspired by and showcases the relationship between creativity and faith. How does it drive us? And what does it empower us to achieve?

We look forward to sharing with you!

Chodesh Tov!

Cheshvan - Et Kashti Natati BeAnan, Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries

A Covenant of Hospitality

Shuchat

The covenant between God and creation acts a sign of welcome in this piece by textile artist Paula Shuchat Miller.

BooksandBlintzes thanks the artist for allowing us to share this image of her work. To protect her legal and creative rights, please do not copy or distribute this image without the express consent of the artist.