Elul - Shma Koleinu, Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries

Shma Koleinu – Hear Our Voice

Sometimes the simplest words are the ones that are the hardest to say. Our basic need to be heard, whether it is by loved ones, our community, or God, resonates strongly throughout the high holiday season, and that is why we selected it to be our text for this month’s Jewish Text Art Challenge.

Throughout the month of Elul we will be preparing to speak our truths on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This emphasis on authentic self-expression is one of the fundamental principles of BooksAndBlintzes. We hope that throughout the month, the art that we share representing “Shma Koleinu”, will inspire you to find and create work that helps your voice to be heard, and your prayers answered.

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Daniel Nebenzahl – Kabbalat Shabbat

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Daniel Nebenzahl contributed these drawing to “An Illustrated Kabbalat Shabbat Siddur”, with the understanding that art can inspire and lead to a more meaningful prayer experience. This illustration, which appears at the end of the Kabbalat Shabbat service in the prayer book, led me to think about the separation of light and darkness and how it relates to the separation of time. Here we see a couple transitioning from the work week to Shabbat, from day to night, with light and darkness before them. How will they walk through these transformations together? Will they focus on the sky’s darkness or its colors? How does the light behind them affect how they will interact during this time?

To see all of Nebenzahl’s illustrations for this siddur, please see http://opensiddur.org/art/an-illustrated-kabbalat-shabbat-siddur-with-drawings-by-daniel-nebenzahl

Books and Blintzes is sharing this image in accordance with the regulations of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike copyright license.

Elul - Avinu Malkeinu, Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries

Elul – Humility and Grace

The beginning of the Hebrew month of Elul signals the beginning of the Jewish people’s preparation for the High Holy Days. Special prayers are added to the daily service, including the “Avinu Malkeinu”. In this prayer we ask God to watch over us in the coming year, and it culminates in our plea for justice, righteousness and deliverance. We become humble before God and pray for grace.

This month’s Jewish Text Art Challenge will feature art in a variety of media inspired by the Avinu Malkeinu prayer. If you have work that you would like to share, please fill out the contact form on the main Jewish Text Art Galleries page https://booksandblintzes.com/home/jtac/.