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.

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Lamentations 3:25 – Jewish Text Art Challenge Av 5778

#Eichah 3:25The Jewish Text Art Challenge verse for the Hebrew month of Av comes from the book of Lamentations (Eichah). The 9th day of the month was traditionally set aside as a fast day to commemorate the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem. Over time, the day itself, and the weeks leading up to it, has become a period of mourning, during which the community reflects and remembers times of persecution.

Eichah includes a great deal of suffering, describing in graphic detail, some of the awful punishments afflicting the Jewish people at the time of the ancient expulsion. The verse for the challenge comes at the exact halfway mark of the book, and is one of a very few mentions of goodness. It also reflects the strength of the relationship between God and the Jewish people. At one of the darkest moments of the nation’s history, there is still opportunity to connect with the Divine.

 

Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries, Tammuz - Hagid Lecha Adam הגיד לך אדם

Mah Tov – Asot Mishpat

Does anyone recognize the “Mah Tov – Asot Mishpat” workbook from 1970? The UAHC publication by Abraham and Adaia Shumsky encourages students to think about how to contribute to a better, more just world. BooksandBlintzes chose to share the book’s cover image as a showcase for asot mishpat, highlighting this action as an ongoing effort of nurturing growth, and its impact on other living things.Asot Mishpat Book Cover

Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries, Tammuz - Hagid Lecha Adam הגיד לך אדם

Micah 6:8 – Jewish Text Art Challenge Tammuz 5778

Micah 6:8 Tammuz CoverThis month’s #JewishTextArtChallenge is inspired by the words of the prophet Micah. Read as the haftara accompanying the Torah portion Balak, the prophet’s message gives the people a concise prescription for following God:

Justice.

Mercy.

Humility.

We look forward to featuring works that represent these ideals from our tradition, and the works of those who are inspired from these words.

 

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

Freedom With Dance

Watch Avi Levy, Israeli Dance Choreographer as he teaches and then performs his circle dance to B’Tzeit Yisrael, this month’s Jewish Text Art Challenge selection.

Music by David D’Or and Tomer Hadadi.

Dance Instruction: 0:00-2:30

Performance: 2:31-end