Genesis Expedition – Write These Words Upon Your Heart

Over the past weeks, my expedition, “Write These Words Upon Your Heart,” has been exploring Hebrew calligraphy and the spiritual significance of the Hebrew alphabet. In addition to studying texts from the Torah, Bereishit Rabbah, the commentaries of the Ba’al Shem Tov and Maggid of Mezritch, and the Zohar, students have been learning to inscribe each Hebrew letter in a traditional Ashkenazi script.

On Tuesday, July 14, we took a field trip to the Kniznick Gallery and the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, where we visited the feminist contemporary art installation “Father Tongue” by Milcah Bassel.

In “Father Tongue,” Bassel, whose father was a sofer (Hebrew scribe) explores the story of the first six days of creation through the manipulation of five Hebrew letters, light, and darkness. The director of the Women’s Studies Resource Center, Shulamit Reinharz, met us there and walked us through the installation, explaining some of the panels and listening to the teens’ thoughts and interpretations. It was a unique and enjoyable afternoon!

- Community Educator Jessica J.

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