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!

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?

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.

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Miracles are Waiting

Singer Miracles and Treasures

Words of wisdom from nobel prize winner Isaac Bashevis Singer. Born November 21st, 1902 in Warsaw, Poland.

Are the miracles and treasures the ones we take the time to see?