Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries, Sculpture, Tevet - Burning Bush

The Weiser Memorial – “Burning Bush”

Northern Hills Memorial

The Weiser Memorial “Burning Bush” sculpture at the Northern Hills Synagogue in Cincinnati, OH. Designed by Julie Staller-Pentelnik and sculpted by David Klass, created in memory of congregant Norman Weiser in 2006.


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.

Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries, Tevet "Chazak Chazak V'Nitchazeik"

Chazak – Be Strong

Jewish Text Art Challenge TevetDuring the Hebrew month of Tevet, we celebrate the final days of Chanukah and finish reading Genesis/Breishit, the 1st book in the Torah reading cycle. We hope that the lights of Chanukah continue to burn brightly, leading us towards discovering new paths in our lives. We hope that the words of the Torah continue to challenge and inspire us. We proclaim “Chazak, Chazak, V’Nitchazeik” – “Be Strong, Be Strong, and We Shall Strengthen!”, remembering that life is a journey, and we are always striving to build stronger connections to the people and places that matter most in our lives.

As this month’s text, “chazak, chazak, v’nitchazeik” will focus on the ideas of strength, power, and support in Jewish texts and traditions. We look forward to sharing art that inspires us to grow, become stronger, and which nurtures the core of our commitment to all our work here at Books and Blintzes.

If you have work that connects with this text and would like to add it to our galleries, please complete the contact form on the main Jewish Text Art Challenge page at

Chodesh Tov! A good month to all!