On a cold cold week in Dec. with Chicago’s gray and rainy skies, my daughter and I spent a week with over 5000 people: rabbis, cantors, lay people and congregants, along with many talented artists at the UJR Biennial, which is the Union for Reform Judaism
There were over 130 creative artists who exhibited their creations. Many flew from Israel specifically for this event. I think me and the artists from Israel came from the farthest places. Funny enough Israeli artists travelled the same distance as I did.
When I think about, I always remember that Israel is actually on the other side of the world from Hawaii. As everyone describes, Hawaii is paradise, but from paradise to the Holy land we have 30 hrs. journey by plane.
My daughter, Merav and I enjoyed showing the Tallit designs, helped people try on the Tallitot and discuss the designs.
One of the greatest feelings of an artist is when their work appeals to people. They actually get you. They appreciated the way you think, as well as the design itself. Some got a Tallit as their personal Tallit, some as part of their collection, or for their children. I was very moved and humbled when the 54 Portions of the Torah Tallit in gold was purchased for one of the only five women scribes in the world. A true honor!
A scribe (Sofer Stam in Hebrew) is the person who writes the Torah scroll. It seems like a perfect match to have the Tallit that includes all 54 portions (parashot) of the Torah to the person who writes it.