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

Search for Reality – Paul Celan

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Jewish poet Paul Celan was responsible for some of the most striking German-language writing about the Holocaust. His experiences as a survivor led him to compose such heart-wrenching works as “Todesfugue” (“Death Fugue”).

This quote brought to mind the idea that believing in miracles may require a break from “reality”. That we can only find miracles where we search for them, or that miracles can happen for those who can immerse themselves in the unknown, illogical, even chaos.

There is such grief and darkness in Celan’s writing that the journey towards the hope of victory seems infinite. And yet if reality can be won, can it be the reality that we yearn for?

Celan’s poem “Todesfugue” is available on-line in English here: https://www.celan-projekt.de/todesfuge-englisch.html

 

Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries, Kislev "Nes Gadol Haya Sham", Music

To Celebrate A Miracle

Samuel Adler’s musical arrangement To Celebrate A Miracle brings to life the awe and inspiration of the Chanukah story. Incorporating 9 of the holiday’s instantly recognizable melodies, Adler’s composition encourages listeners to connect with the joy of the holiday and to embrace the hope of future redemption.

To listen to a recording and for more information about this work, please visit http://www.milkenarchive.org/music/volumes/view/cycle-of-life-in-synagogue-and-home/work/to-celebrate-a-miracle/

For more information about Samuel Adler, please visit http://www.milkenarchive.org/artists/view/samuel-adler/