The Illuminated Kaddish: Interpretations of the Mourner's Prayer

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A book that bears the word "illuminated" in its title rests on its illustrations, and Bolsta's artwork is heart-stopping and beautiful. She connects the words throughout by a motif of leaves and branches from the tree of life. The Kaddish—a prayer recited as part of the funeral rites of a Jewish believer—is a kind of perennial puzzle to the outsider as well as, perhaps, to some within the Jewish tradition. Why praise God, in the words of Ezekiel, rather than mourn the death? Bolsta's scholarship, insights, and art suggest some answers, although the solution to the puzzle must remain personal for each believer. VERDICT Excellent for the artist and seeker in each of us as well as for Jewish worshippers and congregations, this is a remarkably beautiful volume in which the words and images continually reflect on each other.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602801912
  • Publisher: KTAV Publishing House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/5/2012
  • Pages: 108
  • Sales rank: 1,025,281
  • Product dimensions: 10.28 (w) x 10.08 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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