When asked to create a papercut for the Hebrew name "Meir," the challenge was on... how to "illuminate" with paper a name that means "creator of light?" In my head, I saw the blue of the daytime sky contrasting with the dark of night, and rays of fiery light bursting through the darkness. "Let there be light, and there was light." (Gen. 1:3)
The recipient of this piece shares a name with one of the most revered sages of the Talmud, Rabbi Meir. It is thought that his name was given to him later in life for protection and because he illuminated so much of Torah. Many anonymous comments in the Mishnah are attributed to Rabbi Meir.
We framed this piece in a custom, back-lit frame to increase the light.
Light, both real and figurative, has been a source of inspiration to me Jewishly and artistically. The day of my conversion to Judaism fell during Chanukah. After I spoke to the congregation about the light found in the traditions ~ and the people ~ of Judaism, we celebrated at the oneg with a sea of little twinkling lights ... combined with the light of the Chanukah menorah and the Shabbat candles. It was magical.
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