Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
On this Ninth day of Av - known as Tisha B'Av - the saddest day of the Jewish Calendar - I wish my family, friends and the entire Klal Yisrael an easy and meaningful fast - and hope that this will be the last Tisha B'Av that we commemorate. Tisha B'Av commemorates the saddest events of Jewish History - when the Beit Hamikdash - the Holy Temple in Jerusalem - both in fact - were destroyed and the Jewish people forcibly thrown out of our land in exile. Check out the below websites for more info about this special day.
Im Eshkachech Yerushalayim - Psalm 137 - If I Forget Thee Jerusalem
By the Rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion.There on the willows we hung our harps
For there our captors asked us for songs,
our tormenters demanded songs of joy; they said, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion"
How can we sing the songs of Hashem while in a foreign land?
If I forget you, O' Jerusalem
may my right hand forget its skill
May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth
if I do not remember you,
if I do not consider Jerusalem above my highest joy.
These words were last sung by my little brother during my happiest moment - underneath the chuppah at my wedding just 8 months ago - it was sung to remind all that attended our wedding that even at the time when our hearts are bursting with happiness it is not complete without the Beit Hamikdash.
May we all know only happiness - L'Shanah Habaah B'Yerushalayim - Next Year in Jerusalem!
Sunday, July 11, 2010
I came up with a few doozies this afternoon after my Shabbat nap - and lo and behold - I remembered them long enough to sketch them out into my notebook. I mean it makes sense - you relax and suddenly the creativity juices start up.
i am always itching to get started right after Shabbat ends - but by then ( and especially now when we finish almost 9:30) it is a disaster. Until everything gets put away and the art materials come out of their Shabbaqt hiding spots seem to take longer and longer.
On the positive note - I listed 3 artworks on Ebay tonight for the first time. I felt like such a newbie - hubby directed me on the ins and out of ebay - I listened and actually followed his directions - so far its not fancy - just simple text - but its up there.
Check it out!!!!
Thursday, July 8, 2010
It's Thursday night and I am so so happy that this long, hard,very bad, horrible, terrible, disgusting week is over. I think I need to kick off my shoes and get into the zone..the art zone that is!
Hubby extraordinaire found this amazing haggadah/song book in the drawer to his Bubby's table which we now own. It is a wonderful book copied from an old typewriter and distributed in the land of "Palestine". Classified because of the year it was written. Published in the Jewish year 5705 which is 1945 - 3 full years until the British relinquished control of the land and Israel became a state. I wonder if the British thought was that these songs were propaganda in nature to inspire the youth of the land to become defiant pioneers and wrestle the land from both the Arabs and the British. Check out the table of contents - no propoganda - just harmless songs - a very cool element of zionist history.
As I wrote this I listened to songs of Israel from that time frame - ok - some were absolutely great...but some - hubby and I almost fell off our chairs - not exactly our cup of tea..but definately worth a laugh! Check it out for yourself!
As hubby scanned in this wonderful book the pages started to disintegrate..old paper - nobody knew then about acid that leaches into the paper leading to its demise. I am so glad that I have a copy of it to keep and use in future projects. I can't wait to create a new peice of art - maybe one about the shalosh regalim ( pesach, sukkot and shavout).
I am feeling this pressing need to get my hands dirty and myself totally immersed in a new project. I can't wait for this summer's trip to Israel..besides going to see my kids who have made aliyah to Israel and to attend my son's wedding, and to see my grandmother and aunts, uncles and cousins - I can't wait to explore all the used book stores, antique stores and hidden places to get more STUFF!!!
We continued looking in the magical mystery drawer and found another gem that I remember clearly from my childhood - Horowitz Margareten benchers. Sitting in the cafeteria after lunch "benching" (grace after meals) with my class. Same tune...same cadence...I can even smell those "special" lunchroom smells.
I can't wait to put this one in one of my artworks!!!!
ok must go...my fingers are itching to get off the keyboard and get doing what I love best...ART!