MY TAPESTRIES: 36 SERIES > Holy Days (I-VII)
HOLY DAYS (I)
– The Ritual Glad and Sad Days and What They Look Like
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
HOLY DAYS (IV)
– Keeping Track of Time and Harvest
– In Yellow, Rose, and Subtle Greys: Days Set Aside
The minimalism of spots of one color on a simple background has a child-like feel to it but lacking here is the naivete of children. I marvel in the beauty of these holy days and contemplate their serious characteristics.
HOLY DAYS (VI)
– Yom-Tovs in Their Times and Seasons
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 delight in a cyclical new beginning and the natural wonders, we 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.