Tag: Inspirational

Honoring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: May Her Memory Be a Revolution!

Honoring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: May Her Memory Be a Revolution!

On the first night of Rosh Hashanah, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has passed away.

Whenever a Jewish person passes, we remember them by saying “may their memory be a blessing”. We should use the same phrase in relation to Justice Ginsburg to honor her Jewish identity. But I, as do many more, feel that “blessing” just won’t cut it. It’s too soft, too mild. To truly celebrate the legacy of Justice Ginsburg, we need to do more – in her name.

Jews for Biden B”H 2020 Merchandise

Jews for Biden B”H 2020 Merchandise

I care deeply about what is going on the other side of the pond. I can’t vote, but I can support those who can. I’ve prepared merch that can help you show your political stand for a democratic change. I believe Donald Trump is the worst possible person holding such an important position. I hope for change and a more just, kind, and equal world.

I’ve created a few simple designs which celebrate the art of typography and are fun to encourage fellow Jews to vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

Tikkun Olam: Healing the World

Tikkun Olam: Healing the World

Tikkun Olam is an idea that has evolved over the years. Its roots reach deep into the Kabbalistic teachings of the Rabbis, and relates to “repairing the World”.
In the tractate Sanhedrin, the Rabbis discuss the question of why the humanity was created starting with just one person – Adam. Why not create all the nations and groups right away? One of the answers given was, “so that no one would say, ‘my father was better than your father, my tribe is better than your tribe’ because we are all brothers and sisters of the same father”.

Shiviti: Mixing Visual Meditation, Mysticism, and Art

Shiviti: Mixing Visual Meditation, Mysticism, and Art

Shiviti (sometimes pronounced “shivisi” in the Ashkenazic tradition) is a name given to a group of liturgical art incorporating a verse from Psalm 16:8. They are made as visual meditations and reminders of the constant presence of God. Its purpose is to inspire one to create an appropriate spiritual attitude (kavannah) when praying.

Full Rainbow of Colors for the Pride Month!

Full Rainbow of Colors for the Pride Month!

Colorful and cheerful designs celebrating non-heteronormative Jewish folks. In this post you will find great items for Jewish LGBTQ+ folks and all the allies. Wear a rainbow t-shirt, drink from love affirming coffee mug, sleep under unicorn-adorned duvet, or send a supportive greeting card.

The design use Hebrew words such as “ahava” meaning “love”, or “ga’avah”, or “pride” in English. There is also the simple, yet crucial Torah quote Love Your Neighbor as Yourself. Of course, we couldn’t miss unicorns!

Jewish Prayers: Shema Israel – the First Paragraph

Jewish Prayers: Shema Israel – the First Paragraph

Shema Israel is one of the two most important prayers in Judaism. In contrast to the other one, Shemone Esre, it was not composed by the Sages but comprises of three quotes from the Torah (Pentateuch). The most famous is the first verse of this prayer: Shema Israel, Adonai Elo-heinu, Adonai Echad, “Listen, O Israel, Adonai is our God, Adonai alone”. If you are interested in art dedicated to this verse alone, please jump over to this post.

The first paragraph of Shema is usually the first prayer a child learns. It describes the obligation to read the Shema and to educate the next generations. It also proclaims the commandment to love God with all we have and are.

Hebrew Prayer: Shema

Hebrew Prayer: Shema

Shema Israel is one of the two most important prayers in Judaism. Taught from a very early age, is often referred to as the Jewish faith credo. The most famous is the first verse:
שְׁמַע יִשרָאֵל ה’ אֱלהֵינוּ ה’ אֶחָד

Shema Israel, H’ Elohenu, H’ Echad,

Listen, O Israel, Hashem is our God, Hashem is One.