Friday, April 27, 2012
Veronique Cheney is a French born artist living in the USA who has taken to zentangles as well as other two dimensional art. Here is her SHIN zentangle.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
I love antiques and vintage pieces. I enjoy them more when they are someone else's cast-off's and I am the one who finds them beautiful and worthy of living with me in my home.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
As many of you know, as liberal Jew, I get very frustrated with the right's dictating who is a Jew and who is not a Jew. This is going on again in China, where a community 100s of years old is fighting for its identity. Take a minute to read about what is happening to these people whose roots date back about a thousand years.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
The sin of idle gossip... it is considered to be serious sin. The harm done by speech is believed to be worse than the harm done by stealing or by cheating someone financially, because amends can be made for monetary harms, but the harm done by speech can never be repaired.
I bring it up only because in this world where people's dirty laundry is aired everywhere I think it is appropriate to sing someone's praises. That is what this blog is about. It is a place where we can see the beauty of someone's work and someone's attempts to make the world an even lovelier place.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
And these half dozen kiddush cups come from Temple Sinai in New Orleans . They are not very old (about 20 years or so) but they deserve a home just like any other kiddush cup! They are asking $99 at the moment.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Item number one- Jewish Glass Serving Platter Plate Tray Star Hebrew What is it really? It is a crystal Seder plate. In the picture, you will note that it has been photographed upside down.
And the second item is this VINTAGE HEBREW WINE GOBLET/CHALICE . You and I know full well it is a Kiddush cup.I like the rather primitive font that is used on the cup...
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
On our right is an inexpensive bit of modern Jewish history. Five different cloth calendars. I certainly remember these hanging around my home while growing up. Maybe you want a touch of nostalgia for your home.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Today's art is from Israeli Artist TheJoyOfColor.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Don't start salivating, but this sold today.
Isn't it precious? I can so imagine someone's bubbe wearing this as she serves Shabbat dinner to her family.
And how about a table cloth of the Seven Species. I wish I had found this prior to Sukkot.
These lovely rosewood rimmonim are well outside
Monday, September 27, 2010
From the hands of Vladamir and Helena- formerly of Russia, now of New Jersey- a line of lovely Judaica in enamel!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Looking for a small gift for your hostess during the holidays? How about some soap- especially handmade apple or honey soap?
How about some Goat's Milk and Honey soap from Lake House Soap Works in Wisconsin?
Or some Apple Spice Soap from Batty's bath...
Monday, September 6, 2010
This one may no longer be available, but she has a stunning red one on her etsy site right now.
Friday, September 3, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Marlen Burns is a classically trained artist who has been inspired by the words of Genesis: This image is an expression of the High Holy Day Torah portion that is chanted, telling the story of the binding of Isaac ( the Akedah.)
The Akedah was the tenth and final trial that G-d presented to Abraham. The first trials are shown as imperfect orbs, with the red orb representing the Akedah.
The column of black that runs through the center represents the moment of silence between the two words when the angels call out " Avraham...Avraham!"
During this moment, Abraham transitioned from having blind faith in G-d, to having perfect faith....from lack of understanding of G-d's will and request, to understanding.
The contrast of mind set is represented by the opposing sides of the black column...the left side is filled with trials; the right side shows perfect faith, as shown by the silver, perfectly round orb. The twisted lines of the ram's horn, the shofar, leads the viewer to this image of perfect faith as it refers the sacrifice used instead of Isaac.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Such was the case on Thursday morning when I received a message (on my Facebook... how'd she do that????) from Rony Weiss regarding her work as an Embroidery Artist.
Regarding this particular work, Rony says the following:
“I am to my beloved, and my beloved is mine” – The Song of Songs (Shir Hashirim) 6 (3).
The beautiful verse taken from the Song of Songs scroll is a promise of love and faithfulness and suits loving couples of all ages.
According to the Kabala, the Jewish secretive faith, the acronyms of each word in this verse form the word ‘Elul’ which is the month of repentance and forgiveness and symbolize the renewal of Promise and faithfulness between the people of Israel and God.
The verse is decorated as a magnificent jewel, embroidered with silk thread and interlaced with pearls and crystal beads.
Thank you Rony...you made my Shabbes a bit more peaceful!!! Shabbat Shalom to you all!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
I am also linking to what appears to be a great recipe for an end of summer fruit tart... Pomegranate and Nectarines. Yum.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
As the distance between me and the Kutz (rhymes with boots) Camp widened, I found myself rather reflective and contemplative. I had a realization that for the first time I left that remarkable place without crying and for those of you who remember my tears and sobs that is an amazing fete.
I considered why I was not crying. I think there were many factors involved. I left camp with a sense of hope. While enjoying the Dan Nichols concert from the comfort of my seat, I watched the next generation of reform Jewish leaders dance and sing to the music which will further transform the reform movement. These kids exuded a dedication to the movement that was palpable. While the recent political climate in Israel had me questioning whether or not we would survive, I left Bowen Road with a sense of hope and a premonition that Reform Judaism will thrive in the coming years.
The sounds of music and prayer filled the tayatron during song session and teffilah. I prayed as I had not prayed in nearly 30 years. My frustration is now that I seek to find a temple which will offer me the kavanah that was bountiful this weekend.
If I were to illustrate my life, I think I would draw a set of stairs with Kutz being the first step. Kutz- the people who populated and influenced that sacred 88 acres- allowed me to become the me I was meant to be- content with my past, pleased with my present and excited about my future. It was inspiring and soothing to rekindle with so many for whom the experience was so similar, I was disappointed to see a few for whom Kutz was not a springboard, rather it remains the pinnacle of their experiences, and they find little to look forward to and spend far too much time reflecting back.
I am not sure who or what I would be without Kutz Camp. It provided me with a sense of a personal and Jewish identity. There were those who recalled that at one time I wanted to join the rabbinate. That was not to be and I believe my days as nurse’s assistant kindled my desire to become a physician. I trust that I am contributing to Tikkun Olam תיקון עולם by my work- a healing of the physical and the psychological rather than of faith. This weekend I saw many, many remarkable young rabbis and cantors and educators. I am proud of the work they are doing, but realize it is not the work I was not meant to do.
This weekend did leave all of us influenced by Kutz with a huge task- to ensure that Kutz remain a vital force in the Reform Jewish Community. I realize that the last few years I have not done my part and I intend to change that. I hope others were inspired to do the same.
One of my tasks... is to keep up with this blog... Y'all need to hold me to that!