Makom's Illuminated Megillah - Purim 2013


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There is a long history of Jewish artists creating illuminated manuscripts - sacred texts beautified and interpreted through images drawn on or around the texts. Before Purim 2013, Makom community members of all ages were invited to explore Megillat Esther (the scroll of Esther) and then paint their own figurative or abstract visual depiction of the theme or scene of their choice. The art was digitally scanned and the images projected ("illuminated") very large on the east wall of the Kiever Synagogue during the corresponding parts of megillah reading on Purim, creating our community’s own live- performance, illuminated megillah. We hope you enjoy this slideshow of Makom's Illuminated Megillah!

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Makom's Illuminated Megillah - Purim 2013

  1. 1. The Kiever Synagogue WELCOME!
  2. 2. Adam Cohen
  3. 3. Chapter 1
  4. 4. In the third year of his reign, he made a hundred and eightydays. (1:3-4) Tim Benveniste
  5. 5. There werehangings ofwhite cottonand bluewool, caughtup by cords offine linen andpurple wool tosilver rods andalabastercolumns...(1:6)Ben Sharpe
  6. 6. On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry withwine, he bring Vashti the queen before the kingwith the royal crown, to show the people and the princes herbeauty; for she was handsome in appearance. (1:10-11) Pat Braudo
  7. 7. But queen Vashti refused to come at the word of the king... (1:12) Louise Smith & Lauren Stein
  8. 8. Chapter 2
  9. 9. Megillah Flag, Cyrus Sarfaty
  10. 10. There was a certain Jew in Shushan the capital, whose name wasMordechai... And he had brought up Hadassah, that is Esther, thedaughter of his uncle... (2:5-7) Ellon Cheran
  11. 11. And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtainedgrace and favour before him... (2:17) Susan Lee
  12. 12. Chapter 3
  13. 13. And all the king’s servants, that were in the king’s gate, bent the kneeand prostrated themselves to Haman...but Mordechai bent not theknee nor prostrated himself. (3:2) Erik Jorgensen
  14. 14. ...Pur—which means “the lot”—was cast before Haman concerningevery day and every month, until it fell on the twelfth month, that is,the month of Adar... on the thirteenth day... (3:7, 13) Aaron Levy
  15. 15. Then were called the king’s scribes...and there was written accordingto all that Haman had the name of king Ahashveiroshwas it written, and it was sealed with the king’s signet-ring. 3:12 Zak Lee
  16. 16. Chapter 4
  17. 17. Haman, Eitan Garfin Udaskin
  18. 18. Esther sleeps in the palace. The king sits upon his throne. Haman plansto destroy the Jews. Elie Levy Kramer
  19. 19. Go, assemble together all the Jews who are now present in Shushan, and fast for me, so that you neither eat nor drink three days, either night or day; also I with my maidens will fast in like manner... (4:16) Sharoni Sibony
  20. 20. Chapter 5
  21. 21. The king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand;and Esther drew near and touched the top of the sceptre. (5:2) Eitan Garfin Udaskin
  22. 22. And Esther said: If it seem good unto the king, let the king and Hamancome this day unto the banquet which I have prepared for him. (5:4) Carrots at Queen Esther’s Banquet, Faris Lee
  23. 23. Eleven scoops ofice cream at QueenEsther’s banquet. Cyrus Sarfaty
  24. 24. Chapter 6
  25. 25. Haman therefore said to the king: The man whom the king desires tohonour—Let them bring a royal apparel which the king has worn, anda horse which the king has ridden, and let there be placed a royalcrown on his head. (6:7-8) Eitan Garfin Udaskin
  26. 26. And Haman then took the apparel and the horse, and arrayedMordechai, and caused him to ride through the streets of the city...(6:11) Elie Levy Kramer
  27. 27. And Mordechaithereupon returned to the king’s gate; butHaman hastened to his house, mourning, and having his head covered. (6:12) Haman’s Head, Cyrus Sarfaty
  28. 28. Chapter 7
  29. 29. Jason Plaks
  30. 30. Then answered Estherthe queen and said: If Ihave found grace inyour eyes, O King! Andif it be pleasing untothe king, let my life begiven at my petition,and my people at myrequest. (7:3) Pat Braudo
  31. 31. And Esther said: An adversary, and an enemy, this wicked Haman. (7:6) Ellon Cheran
  32. 32. So they hanged Haman on the gallows which he had prepared forMordechai... (7:10) Sharoni Sibony & Simona Neufeld
  33. 33. Chapter 8
  34. 34. Haman, Emmett Forzley
  35. 35. And he wrote in the name of king Ahashveirosh, and sealed it with theking’s signet-ring... (8:10) Max Chaudhry
  36. 36. Anjani CheranAnd Mordechai went out from the presence of the king in a royalapparel of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold... (8:15)
  37. 37. Chapter 9
  38. 38. Persian Landscape, Shana Albo
  39. 39. Haman, Anjani Cheran
  40. 40. Simona Neufeld
  41. 41. Chapter 10
  42. 42. Lauren Stein
  43. 43. Shoshanat Ya`akov – The Lily of Jacob The lily of Jacob rejoiced and was glad, When together, they saw Mordechai robed in royal blue. You have been their eternal salvation, their hope in every generation; To make known that all who hope in You will not be put to shame, All who trust in You will never be humiliated. Cursed be Haman who sought to destroy me. Blessed be Mordechai the Jew. Cursed be Zeresh, wife of him who terrified me. Blessed be Esther whose actions saved me. Cursed be all the wicked; blessed be all Israel. And may Harvonah, too, be remembered for good.Translation adapted from Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks, The Koren Siddur Hannah Goldstein
  44. 44. The Kiever SynagogueHAPPY PURIM!
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