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 Bechukotai
Artist: Michelle Bentsman,  USA
“We may choose to whisper the words of the Tochacha in order to dampen their blazing terror…”
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“I will give you rain in its season, the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit”
-Leviticus 26:4

God promises that if the people of Israel keep His commandments, they will enjoy material prosperity and dwell securely in their homeland. But He also delivers a harsh “rebuke,” warning of the exile, persecution, and other evils that will befall them if they abandon their covenant with Him.

God also reaffirms His commitment not to destroy the Israelites stating, “Even when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away; nor will I ever abhor them, to destroy them and to break My covenant with them; for I am the Lord their God.”

The portion concludes with the rules on how to calculate the values of different types of pledges made to God, and the mitzvah of tithing produce and livestock.

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