Women of the Book

Created by artist and Torah scribe Shoshana Gugenheim, along with associate curator, Judith Margolis, “Women of the Book” is a collection of 54 original artworks on parchment—one for each of the 54 weekly Torah portions (or, parshiot)—each created by a female artist. In September 2016 the J partnered with the University of Washington Stroum Center for Jewish Studies to bring this stunning art exhibit to the J for its American debut.

Now you can continue to enjoy and learn from the artwork all year, as we share the weekly art and accompanying Torah portion both here and in our lobby.

Parshat Vaykira
Artist: Anne-Francoise Bar-Or, Israel
“That unique moment that the High Priest lays his hand on the head of the offering [is] a moment of thoughtfulness, of compassion and of deep awareness.”

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Vayikra

“When anyone offers a grain offering to the Lord, his offering shall be of fine flour. And he shall pour oil on it, and put frankincense on it.”
– Leviticus 2:1

God calls to Moses from the Tent of Meeting, and communicates to him the laws of the korbanot, the animal and meal offerings brought in the Sanctuary.

These include: 1. The “ascending offering” (olah) that is wholly raised to God by the fire atop the altar; 2. Five varieties of “meal offering” (minchah) prepared with fine flour, olive oil, and frankincense; 3. The “peace offering” (shelamim), whose meat was eaten by the one bringing the offering, after parts are burned on the altar and parts are given to the kohanim (priests); 4. The different types of “sin offering” (chatat) brought to atone for transgressions committed erroneously by the high priest, the entire community, the king or the ordinary Jew; 5.  The “guilt offering” (asham) brought by one who has misappropriated property of the Sanctuary, who is in doubt as to whether he transgressed a divine prohibition, or who has committed a “betrayal against God” by swearing falsely to defraud a fellow man.

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