MY TAPESTRIES: 35 SERIES > Holy Days (I-VII)
HOLY DAYS (I)
– The Ritual Glad and Sad Days and 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 and 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 exceptions of Yom haShoah and Yom ha’Atzmaut.) 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 and How It Feels
Yom Kippur – the Day of Atonement. White is the color of this day of vulnerability, judgment, and God’s grace. It shows best in contrast to black. Although there is no black in the synagogue, I imagine the Book of Life, the scale, and the gates in this dark color. I feel slightly uncomfortable with the contrast between the two as they place every shape and emotion into a sharp focus.
HOLY DAYS (IV)
– 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.
– In a Steely Air of Yellow, Rose, and Subtle Greys
The minimalism of spots of one color on a simple background has a child-like feel to it but lacks the naivete of children. I marvel in the beauty of these holy days and dare to contemplate their serious characteristics, and even celebrate the joyous ones.
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. The Creation is our companion as we observe, celebrate, dance, mourn, and remember personal and tribal pasts while eating and drinking of its abundance.
HOLY DAYS (VII)
– Apples and Honey and Life Begins in Fall
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.