The Amen Institute
We’re creating an online Jewish community, spreading wisdom and Torah through art.
THE AMEN INSTITUTE July 3 – 9 2022ד’- י תמוז תשפ״בParshat Chukat חוקת Miriam Continue reading “Jewish Artist of the Week: Sam Fein”
THE AMEN INSTITUTE June 26 – July 2 2022כז’ סיון – ג’ תמוז תשפ״ב Parshat Korach קרח Piece Description:Rabbi Jessica Meyer and I studied Parshat Korach. It tells the story of the rebellion against the authority of Aaron as the head of the priesthood. As a test to prove Aaron’s “chosen-ness” Moses proposed that all 12 tribal headsContinue reading “Jewish Artist of the Week: Naomie Kremer”
THE AMEN INSTITUTE June 19-25 2022כ’-כו’ סיון תשפ״ב Parshat Shlach שלח Israel Torah Mantle Continue reading “The Jewish Artist of the Week: Melanie Siegel”
(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