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 Mishpatim
Artist: Lidia Rozanski
“I decided to use the symbol of the spider web to represent the infinite possibilty for interpreting the law.”
Learn more about the artwork and the artist

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Mishpatim

“So Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord and all the judgments. And all the people answered with one voice and said, “All the words which the Lord has said we will do.”
– Exodus 24:3

Following the revelation at Sinai, God legislates a series of laws for the people of Israel. These include the laws of the indentured servant; the penalties for murder, kidnapping, assault and theft; civil laws pertaining to redress of damages, the granting of loans and the rules governing the conduct of justice by courts of law. Altogether, the Parshah of Mishpatim contains 53 mitzvot.

God promises to bring the people of Israel to the Holy Land. The people of Israel proclaim, “We will do and we will hear all that God commands us.” Leaving Aaron and Hur in charge in the Israelite camp, Moses ascends Mount Sinai and remains there for forty days and forty nights to receive the Torah from God.

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