respectfully and lovingly Illustrated Torah Scroll
created by Michal Meron in a tiny, ancient walk-up
in the Ghetto of Venice has found an eager audience
in schools and early age schools throughout the United
States. This scroll interprets the Torah with a sense
of joyfulness that is exciting to children and its
beauty recalls to adults some of the happiness, -
reading the Torah, - once brought them. The Michal
Meron Illustrated Torah Scroll is not trivialization
or reductive, while accessible to children it is also
valuable to people who can and love to read ‘Art’,
but do not read Hebrew.
For thousands of year we Jews have transmitted our
beliefs and our values by honoring and studying the
Torah. The study of the Torah has facilitated a high
level of cognitive development among young Jewish
students that has helped them in many different careers
in the secular world. Because the Michal Meron Torah
scroll will fascinate and involve a new generation
of students and stimulate discussion it will be invaluable
to a new audience.
Therefore the Michal Meron scroll and her many other
works based on Jewish traditions should act as a stimulus
to synagogues and Jewish schools to encourage their
young generations to take up the creative challenge
the interpretative art scrolls pose and to try visualize
scenes and important moments in Jewish History and
to try to paint them.
As I wrote elsewhere” Quote: "ProjectGuggenheim
strives to give students the opportunity to learn
about their own traditions…… and to test their own
potential with new ideas, tools and techniques in
spite of technical obstacles" The Michal Meron
Torah scroll is a wonderful example of this principal
put into reality and into action. I hope it will have
the widest possible distribution and great success.
Hans Guggenheim PH,D.
Michal Meron 9201 Sunrise Lakes Blvd Sunrise FL 33322|
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