Art Guide

For each song in our playlist, we offer an example of contemporary Israeli visual art that connects with the themes and narrative of the lyrics. This adds another dimension to your exploration of each song while enriching your familiarity with Israeli art and culture.

Artwork: “Hoshen 2020

Artist: Avi Rose

In these times of deep sadness and confusion, how do we communicate our deepest thoughts, questions, and feelings? Why is it in that an era of unprecedented scientific knowledge, are we still so drawn to Jewish mystical icons and ideas?

These are questions posed by Avi Rose in this photo-art entitled “Hoshen 2020.”

Thoughts from the Artist

“When I heard the song ‘Seder HaAvodah’ I was deeply moved by it. As a secular Jew who has largely given up on traditional Yom Kippur practices, the song reminded me of the honorable Jewish practice of taking stock, owning up to the damage we create, giving thanks, asking for forgiveness and starting anew.

At the same time, however, I was bothered by the message that we require intermediaries to do our personal work. Too many of us are given to magical thinking, which I believe absolves us of our personal responsibility. This is especially true during the pandemic where so many have chosen religion over science, ignoring personal accountability in favor of useless comparison to the actions of others.

My thoughts turned to the famed “Hoshen,” the bejeweled breastplate of the High Priest, used, as legend has it, to communicate with God. I wondered what such a device would look like in modern terms. It turns out that Hoshen’s presumed design fits perfectly into the dialing pad of the “Kosher phone,” a cellular device favored among the Ultra-Orthodox. I wondered what it would be like if people could communicate directly with God, what message might be heard and it would in any way affect the behavior of humanity.”

And Now You

  • Do you have a personal ritual or practice for expressing your deepest emotions and ideas?
  • Do you find comfort in traditional Jewish rituals to help you in times of trouble? If so, which?
  • If you believe in a personal God, would you want to communicate with him/her? If so, what would the nature of that conversation be? What message would you want to hear?
  • In what ways do you practice the priestly art of confession, repentance and gratitude? Do you feel that you need help doing this?

For more of Avi Rose’s work, visit his website at www.aviroseart.weebly.com

Visual Art

Artwork: “Hoshen 2020

Artist: Avi Rose

In these times of deep sadness and confusion, how do we communicate our deepest thoughts, questions, and feelings? Why is it in that an era of unprecedented scientific knowledge, are we still so drawn to Jewish mystical icons and ideas?

These are questions posed by Avi Rose in this photo-art entitled “Hoshen 2020.”

Thoughts from the Artist

“When I heard the song ‘Seder HaAvodah’ I was deeply moved by it. As a secular Jew who has largely given up on traditional Yom Kippur practices, the song reminded me of the honorable Jewish practice of taking stock, owning up to the damage we create, giving thanks, asking for forgiveness and starting anew.

At the same time, however, I was bothered by the message that we require intermediaries to do our personal work. Too many of us are given to magical thinking, which I believe absolves us of our personal responsibility. This is especially true during the pandemic where so many have chosen religion over science, ignoring personal accountability in favor of useless comparison to the actions of others.

My thoughts turned to the famed “Hoshen,” the bejeweled breastplate of the High Priest, used, as legend has it, to communicate with God. I wondered what such a device would look like in modern terms. It turns out that Hoshen’s presumed design fits perfectly into the dialing pad of the “Kosher phone,” a cellular device favored among the Ultra-Orthodox. I wondered what it would be like if people could communicate directly with God, what message might be heard and it would in any way affect the behavior of humanity.”

And Now You

  • Do you have a personal ritual or practice for expressing your deepest emotions and ideas?
  • Do you find comfort in traditional Jewish rituals to help you in times of trouble? If so, which?
  • If you believe in a personal God, would you want to communicate with him/her? If so, what would the nature of that conversation be? What message would you want to hear?
  • In what ways do you practice the priestly art of confession, repentance and gratitude? Do you feel that you need help doing this?

For more of Avi Rose’s work, visit his website at www.aviroseart.weebly.com

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