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hatam_soferet ([personal profile] hatam_soferet) wrote2014-12-03 11:36 am

a thing

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My piece for Torah Stitch by Stitch, the cross-stitch Torah, illuminated in good manuscript style.

Six hares, representing the six hundred thousand Jews, meander through the wilderness. They are frequently distracted, even destructive, but on the whole they progress towards the Promised Land. In their midst is the Law, represented by an elephant. Paradoxically, God protects God's people while threatening retribution; the flowing ribbon border which appears to protect and surround the text also forms into a ravenous beast, the consuming wrath promised in the text.

For the symbolisms of Jews as hares, the Law as elephant, and the dragon-serpent in Jewish tradition, see Marc Michael Epstein's book Dreams of Subversion in Medieval Jewish Art and Literature.
liv: alternating calligraphed and modern letters (letters)

[personal profile] liv 2014-12-03 09:24 pm (UTC)(link)
Wow. Wow, that is really amazing, not that I'm surprised you made something amazing, but I completely love the hares and the elephant and the DRAGON.
liv: In English: My fandom is text obsessed / In Hebrew: These are the words (words)

[personal profile] liv 2014-12-04 03:18 pm (UTC)(link)
I was just having a conversation with someone and I couldn't remember Yeshivish for, duh, obviously! Can you help?
withagreatlove: (words)

[personal profile] withagreatlove 2015-01-15 11:22 pm (UTC)(link)
rymenhild: Manuscript page from British Library MS Harley 913 (Default)

[personal profile] rymenhild 2014-12-04 02:02 am (UTC)(link)
This is lovely! (I have that book and should look up the symbolism.) Did you design the art?

[personal profile] jillt 2014-12-05 10:46 pm (UTC)(link)
That is totally awesome. I had no idea you could do embroidery.
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[personal profile] withagreatlove 2015-01-15 11:23 pm (UTC)(link)
With the risk of immortalising myself on DW as 'stupid', but I have no idea how to do cross-stitch! You actually told me about this project (or was it liv?) and I'd be interested in participating were it not by the fact that I'm a bit intimidated ;)