Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries, Shevat ~ עץ חיים היא, Visual Arts

Eitz Chaim Shadow Box

A Shadow Box “Eitz Chaim” created by artist Paula Shuchat Miller using beads, fabric, paper wood, and stone (2007). The text of the Eitz Chaim – the tree of life – is printed on the scroll and is connected to the roots at the base of the piece. Here the words act as a foundation to support the growth of the tree and is an integral part of the natural ecosystem showcased in the box.

Eitz Chaim Mixed Media

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Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries, Painting & Drawing, Shevat ~ עץ חיים היא

Etz Chaim – Shoshanna Bauer

Shoshanna Bauer Etz Chaim“Etz Chaim”

Watercolor by Shoshanna Bauer

In the artists words: “Etz Chayim is based on Proverbs 3:17-18 English translation of the lyrics: A tree of life to those who hold fast to it,and all who cling to it find happiness. Its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all its paths are peace. Help us and guide us, inspire us and provide us. With the wisdom Your Torah can show. Cause us to learn, renew and return, Just as in days of old.”

To learn more about Shoshanna Bauer and her art, please visit her website at http://www.imagekind.com/MemberProfile.aspx?MID=d518176f-597b-45af-9507-c00f9157a605

 

BooksAndBlintzes thanks Shoshanna Bauer for sharing her art with us. Please respect her creative and legal rights and do not copy or distribute this image without her consent.

Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries, Shevat ~ עץ חיים היא

“It Is A Tree of Life”

Tree of LifeAs we welcome the new Hebrew month of Shevat, we enter a new season of growth and creativity in our communities. The holiday of Tu B’Shevat (the 15th day of this month) celebrates the new agricultural year in Israel. Its origins are in finding a way to mark “the birthday of the trees”, allowing farmers to calculate the age of crops and fulfilling the Biblical commandments related to agricultural tithing and sacrifices.

Tu B’Shevat’s focus on the land opens up infinite opportunities for artists to connect with the ecological and natural worlds through a Jewish lens. One of the most well-known images in Jewish text and art is the “Tree of Life”. The idea of the etz chayim as an accessible source of strength and pathway to holiness is the central theme of this month’s Jewish Text Art Challenge.

Throughout this new month of Shevat, Books and Blintzes will be showcasing art that draws on the verse “עץ חיים היא למחזיקים בה” – “It is a tree of life for all who hold fast to it”. We hope that these works will inspire you to make new connections and find deeper meaning in your own art and spiritual journeys.

To submit your work to be included in the Shevat Jewish Text Art Gallery, please complete the contact form at https://booksandblintzes.com/home/jtac/

Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries, Kislev "Nes Gadol Haya Sham", Poetry, Words of Wisdom

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?

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.

 

June/Sivan "Ki Asher Telchi Eilech" Where You Go I Will Go

Ruth and Naomi – Starting Over

 

As the two women made direct eye contact in this vibrantly colored piece, Ruth’s words are underlined as a declaration for starting over, establishing a new understanding of what their life together could become.

“Ruth and Naomi – Shavuot” by textile artist Carol Racklin-Siegel. Dyes on silk, created in 2003.

To see more of Ms. Racklin-Siegel’s work, please see her website at http://www.pomegranatestudios.com.

BooksandBlintzes thanks the artist for permission to share this image of her work. We request that you please respect her creative rights and do not copy, share, distribute, etc. this image without her express consent.

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

Jewish Text Art Challenge – #JTAC June 2017 / Sivan 5777

The story of Ruth, the Moabite widow of an Israelite man who chooses to remain with her mother-in-law’s people has been an enduring touchstone in the discussion of Jewish identity for generations. This month’s text is Ruth’s declaration of intent – the intention to believe, the intention to belong, the intention to be faithful.  It is a pivotal moment in the life of this individual woman, and will prove to fundamentally impact the trajectory of all of Jewish history.

This month’s Jewish Text Art Challenge Gallery will feature media that represent artistic understandings of these words. Join the conversation by sharing which ones speak to you, and your own creations inspired by Ruth.

.כִּי אֶל-אֲשֶׁר תֵּלְכִי אֵלֵךְ, וּבַאֲשֶׁר תָּלִינִי אָלִין–עַמֵּךְ עַמִּי, וֵאלֹהַיִךְ אֱלֹהָי,

“Where you go, I will go: and where you live, I will live: your people shall be my people, and your God my God.”