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

Miracles Demand Perspective


I threw this together yesterday using Notegraphy, just playing around with visual representations of this month’s text. All the angles in this image reminded me that how we see the world – and if we can find the miracles, depends on our perspective. We may need to explore multiple angles to see all the ways in which the light refracts our experiences.

July/Tammuz "Ma Tovu Ohalecha Ya'acov" How Goodly Are Your Tents O Jacob

Balaam’s Perspective – A Blessing From Above

Darius Gilmont’s painting “Parshat Balak” is all about perspective. We get to share Balaam’s view of the Israelite camp, and wonder if such a sight would also lead us to pronounce the words of “Ma Tovu“. Are the people aware that Balaam stands above them? Can they hear his blessing? With bright colors and simple shapes, Gilmont focuses on Balaam and provides a sense of order and intention to the text.

Darius Gilmont is a painter based in Ra’anana, Israel who connects his work to the “naive art” and “symbolist art” genres. To see more of his paintings, including others that depict Torah texts, please visit his website at

Books and Blintzes thanks the artist for his permission to use this image. Please do not share, copy, distribute, etc. without his consent.


Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries, July/Tammuz "Ma Tovu Ohalecha Ya'acov" How Goodly Are Your Tents O Jacob

Ma Tovu – A First Look At The Text


At the beginning of each month I like to drop the Jewish Text Art Challenge verse into and see how the different styles make the words pop for me. With this month’s selection, “Ma Tovu – How Goodly Are Your Tents” from the Book of Numbers 24:5, this geometric and colorful style really made them explode off the screen. I love the idea of looking down at the Israelite’s camp and seeing the diversity of the tents. There’s texture and color in the triangles but a unity in the diamond as a whole. For me this text is all about perspective, and what you will see when encountering something new.

It’s a first look at Ma Tovu – I can’t wait to share more! Join the conversation and tell us your impression. What does this text mean to you? Sing it, paint it, dance it, make it yours! Happy creating time!