TAPESTRIES: 26 SERIES > Holy Days (I-VIII)
HOLY DAYS (I)
– The Ritual Glad and Sad Days: What They Look Like
The holy days sound, smell, and taste different from one another, and each is also visually distinct. I enjoy connecting a special day with specific ritual objects, colors, and shapes.
HOLY DAYS (II)
– The Yontifs: How to Live Them
As I read this book, it seemed like all I had learned about Judaism fell into place, and the sacred days offered a more profound perspective.
In the conflict between my Jewish aspirations and reality, I struggle as I wander the Way to the goal offered by the Torah, the universal redemption.
The titles are based on YIVO’s list of Yiddish names for the holy days, (with the exception of Yom Hashoah.) Given that all the names are originally Hebrew, the difference is mostly a matter of emphasizing different syllables. I miss hearing these disappearing sounds at the times of the various yontifs and observances.
HOLY DAYS (III)
– The Holiest of Days: What It Feels Like
HOLY DAYS (V)
– Keeping Track of Time and Harvest
After the fall of the Second Temple, the tradition of having a decorative calendar for counting the Omer emerged. Then the tradition faded – people let go of it. In our times we are reviving it, this tradition with its potential for artistic fun and beauty.
HOLY DAYS (VI)
– Yom-Tovs in Their Times and Seasons
Spring, summer, fall, and winter. Day, twilight, night, and dawn.
Trees, flowers, fruits, and branches. Sun, snow, rain, and wind. Creation is our companion as we observe, celebrate, dance, mourn. and remember. And eat.
HOLY DAYS (VII)
– Yom-Tovs in Pink and Grey
HOLY DAYS (VIII)
– Apples and Honey And . . .
I wanted to weave these two symbols of Rosh Hashanah and the autumn light as it is here in Oak Park, Illinois. But as we marvel at the new
year and the natural cycle, we need to keep in mind that Rosh Hashanah is about making moral and ethical choices and staking out history. Sometimes an apple is not just an apple