Hukkat

oil on  cowhide parchment   19”x27”  2008

This piece is part of an international, collaborative  project  to create a midrashic (interpretive) scroll based on the form and content of a traditional Torah scroll.  It will comprise 54 parchment panels (the traditional number of panels in a Torah scroll)  made by 54 Jewish women artists from around the world.

My piece(Fire and Water), is derived from the Torah portion of Hukkat in the Book of  Numbers. This Torah portion  describes the ritual of the ashes of the Red Cow and  the subsequent death of Miriam and the loss of Miriam’s well which had supplied water to the Israelites in the desert.

The contrasting triangular shapes show the Red Cow afire and Miriam within and surrounded by water.

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