The Amen Institute
We’re creating an online Jewish community, spreading wisdom and Torah through art.
Parshat Mishpatim מישפּתיםJanuary 23th – 29th 2021כ”א-כ”ז שבט תשפ״ב Mishpatim Piece Description: Framed within the rounded tablets of the darkened weathered stones lightsurges through the cracked windows, capturing the spirit of the synagoguethrough its Jewish laws. The murmuringContinue reading “The Jewish Artist of the Week: Beverley Jane Stewart”
בס״דTHE AMEN INSTITUTEJanuary 16th – 21th 2021י”ד-כ שבט תשפ״בParshat Yitro יתרו Gabriella Boros Navol Tibol: You Are Withered Piece Description:The IsraelitesContinue reading “The Jewish Artist of the Week: Gabriella Boros”
THE AMEN INSTITUTE January 9th – 15th 2021ז’ – י”ג שבט תשפ״ב Parshat Beshalach בשלחKate Lenkowsky Continue reading “Jewish Artist of the Week: Kate Lenkowsky”
(From the founder of the Amen Institute, Dvir Cahana)
Everyone can learn to benefit from seeing things from new perspectives. Each new vantage point supplies a wrinkle of texture that had not previously existed. The art of Parshanut (rabbinic commentary) and Midrashic interpretations (subtextual elaborations), throughout millenia, have thrived on creatively turning texts on their head and bringing new voices into the conversation. These voices often have not included the artists of their respective communities, despite the symbolism and poetry of the Jewish canon being inherently woven in the tongue of creativity.
The Amen Institute seeks to empower artists – these long overlooked conduits of wisdom and instinctual probers – by integrating their creative lenses, with rabbinic guidance, into the exegetical process. The rabbis bring the 3000 year-old traditions of commentary, while the artists pair up with them to add new colors to those interpretations. All of which, we will harness and distribute to the wider Jewish community, which is so hungry for innovative Jewish content, thus forging unexplored pathways and facilitating new access points to push the tradition of expanding the Torah’s multiplicity of meanings into uncharted dimensions.
This website was supported by:
The Bronfman Fellowship
The Montreal Jewish Museum