Conference Proceeding: Words, Color and Gold: Illuminating Jewish Values through Engaging with Jewish Art

Hebrew illuminated books rich with color and intriguing imagery offer a means of conveying complex ideas of Jewish spirituality, history and thought to the reader through a joyful, yet intimate reading experience. In the four decades since the advent of a popular internet, as visual iconography has increasingly augmented the power of the written word, the power of Jewish iconography to convey Jewish values, thought and text becomes increasingly relevant in many aspects of Jewish life. In this slide presentation, Debra Band will discuss her development of a modern Jewish iconographic vocabulary drawn from midrash, archeology, science and general western culture in her books The Song of Songs: the Honeybee in the Garden (2005), I Will Wake the Dawn: Illuminated Psalms (2007), Arise! Arise! Deborah, Ruth and Hannah (2012), Kabbalat Shabbat: the Grand Unification (2016), and All the World Praises You!: an Illuminated Aleph-Bet Book (forthcoming July 2018). The analysis of a series of illuminated pages will reveal their power to convey Jewish tradition and values to readers across the spectrum of Jewish life.

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