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Jewish art

Final (one of) work of Calligraphy semestrial course I took in Bar Illan University.

In this course we have studied different styles of Hebrew fonts, 6 styles.

This one, in the form of which words are drawn, named: "כתב סת"ם" ('Stam' font)
The word is actually abbreviate of three words: "ספר תורה" - the old testament (Torah), "תפילין" - prayers book (T'filin) [link] , "מזוזות" - doorposts (mezuzot)[link] . Those words mean that those things are being written by this font, and additionally to the mentioned types also are written the five Megilot [link]

More about this font you can read in Hebrew link: [link] . (I was too lazy to work harder and find an English version) :P

I have written a word "שמחה" (Simha), which means Joy; how do I see it, understand and feel. (this choice is unusual and not traditional, as I think...)

I wanted to be original, almost all the rest have written a word: "מזרח" (mizrah), which means east.
I don't want to go into a long discussion of why they have chosen that word, those who would be interested can ask me individually by a comment or note. (I prefer comment)

I hope you like it, and that it makes you smile as well. :)

The idea is mine, design is mine, the art is mine.
(C) to myself.

Date: 9.04.2008
Media: pencil, eraser, black tush (marker?), scanner, windows picture viewer for contrast adjustments, photoshop 7 for cleanups.


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Edit: my translation was not exact so I changed that from "happiness" to "joy". Thanks Street. :)
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:icongooseforever:
Gooseforever Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful. My name is Simcha!!
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:icongenny-raskin:
Genny-Raskin Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Well thank you!
You have a beautiful name. ;)
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:iconambalth:
Ambalth Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
definitely, you will be in my watchs eh
One question:
Where can I find a canon for hebrew calligraphy?
I don't know the canon and... well, my style isn't realy good and I want to be better...
Thank you and see you...
Pd:Really, you gone to watchs...
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:icongenny-raskin:
Genny-Raskin Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Student General Artist
Heh, thanks!
Well, I am not sure what you mean by "canon", but I found something, you might use:

Links from Wikipedi: The first one is Hebrew article about "Stam" writing, but there is also a picture of the Hebrew Alfa-beit in that style: [link] (I hope it leads correctly to the page because DA have problems with Hebrew encoding)
The second link is in English short translated article, they've got another picture too, and you can come to the Hebrew one via list of languages on the right side of the page: [link]

Make sure to check the "scripts" in the bottom of this article.

And I found a link to this gallery of Jewish calligraphy, no worries all the informative text is in English: [link]
Enjoy! :)

Well, I hope that helped you a bit. ;)

See ya.
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:iconambalth:
Ambalth Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ok, thank you!!!!!!!!!
Definitelly I'm not hebrew or arabian, I would really liked to be one eh XD
thanks for the pages!!!
See you...
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:icongenny-raskin:
Genny-Raskin Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Student General Artist
You are welcome :)
I am not sure why would you like to be Jewish or an Arab. I think being Irish is pretty cool as itself.
But you are not necessarily have to be one, if you want to know the language, you could take some curses and learn a new language.
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:iconambalth:
Ambalth Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not irish owoU
I'm Mexican..
That's the problem...
In my country haven't really a sense of culture, every one must learn by him/her-self if he/she can..
In here, I wasn't found a class of arabian or hebrew, less calligraphy...
really it's a problem because there is only money to live (so far)...
Really I wish to learn various languages and calligraphic styles, but, really in here is very, very hard to do it...
Well, thanks for response..
See you...
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:icongenny-raskin:
Genny-Raskin Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Student General Artist
Ow, I did not know in Mexico it was so difficult!
But I believe that, a person who wants to learn, will prevail in doing so.
I wish you success. :hug:
You are welcome :)

If you'll need some other links I might provide you with, just ask and I'll try to help you out. ;)
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:iconambalth:
Ambalth Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much...
And yes, in mexico is very, very hard to find any information of this type if it isn't by internet...
I repeat, thank you and wa can continue in contact...
See you...
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:icongenny-raskin:
Genny-Raskin Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Student General Artist
:nod:
You are very welcome, and I would be happy to stay in touch. :)
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:iconrazygraphicdesign:
RazyGraphicDesign Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
This is so sweet,definitly made me smile and be happy :D
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:icongenny-raskin:
Genny-Raskin Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Student General Artist
Thanks! I am happy "my joy" made you happy. ;)
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:iconraneen:
raneen Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008
lovely!!!
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:icongenny-raskin:
Genny-Raskin Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008  Student General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconkulideb:
kulideb Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008
Very well done :)
love the happy faces,
Even with out knowing what the word is, you can tell its a 'happy' word
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:icongenny-raskin:
Genny-Raskin Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Student General Artist
Thanks a lot Kuli!

I am happy I was able to pass the atmosphere of it.
:hug:
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:icontrollgirl:
TrollGirl Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, you and your optimism XD

And aren't you studying in TAU?
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:icongenny-raskin:
Genny-Raskin Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008  Student General Artist
My "optimism", what is about it? :)

You mean Tel Aviv Uni?
No... How did you get that idea?
It is Bar Illan University.

And BTW, this course of calligraphy counts as Judaic general course (one of which we are obliged to take).
So it is not that "bad" after all, despite from what people usually say, without really knowing or bothering to seek the interesting ones. :)
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:icontrollgirl:
TrollGirl Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Your optimism amuses me.
And you're right, no idea where i got the idea.
And as fun as this particular course can be, the general concept of religious oppression this university employs smells bad.
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:icongenny-raskin:
Genny-Raskin Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008  Student General Artist
Humm, ok. Though I am not sure what this picture have to do with it. :)

Actually I wrote it here and there in my journal that I am studying in Bar Illan. :) And sometime back there I wrote that I am not sure of where I should be studying, too, so you might be confused back from then. :) Never mind.

Frankly? I did not take any religious courses by now, and I took already 5. Three of them are art, and the two of them are literature. I could take some of history and philosophy courses too, if I would like. Yes they are all have to be connected to us, Jews somehow, but I can't see anything wrong about knowing more about the past, art, literature of our culture. :)

BTW, there are Arab students too, they are not obliged to take Judaic related courses though, they can chose whatever they want.

There are also a lot of non-religious people out there, and "olim" from Russia too. :)

And as for now I enjoy non-chemistry courses more... :/
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:iconelcool:
Elcool Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
I like this calligraphy very much! Especially the laughing ש. Way to go!
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:icongenny-raskin:
Genny-Raskin Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008  Student General Artist
Thanks a lot!
Yes the "ש" is a cute thing. ^_^
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:iconcrawling-meower:
Crawling-meower Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
Your translation is somewhat off: Happiness means Osher; the word for Simkha would be Joy.
But the work itself is beautiful, and i enjoy it even more this way, than i did on paper {must be because of the size, so all details are clear now}. Seems like you submit one fav-worthy work after another, lately!
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:icongenny-raskin:
Genny-Raskin Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008  Student General Artist
I will, re translate it then ;)

I am glad you like it, you know I like details, that's why I enabled full size view. :)

And here, the black colour is absolute (as much as it possible), unlike on paper.

Awww, thanks!!! :hug:
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:iconcrawling-meower:
Crawling-meower Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
Btw, why did most of the others use Mizrakh?
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:icongenny-raskin:
Genny-Raskin Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008  Student General Artist
Some also used the word "אהבה" (love). Some wrote the word Jerusalem. But almost everyone wrote at some point the word - mizrah.

You see? This course was taken by girls/ ladies/ women, whose majority are religious or traditional.
Some of them were new "olim".

The word "mizrah", if I am not mistaken, when was used in foreign countries was symbolizing Israel, the holy land and the holy city of Jerusalem. Their longing for coming back and live on the holly land with other Jews.
It is especially relevant for those who came from west and central Europe and America.

Besides this word was frequently used in jewish or Yiddish books, megilot.
Sometimes in old poetry, like in well known prose:
"ליבי במזרח ואנוכי בסוף מערב" which was most probably written during the "golden epoch" (תור הזהב;) in Spain (something like 1020 – 1150 AC).

Sometimes it was drawn as art, sometimes in artistic paper cuttings - a way of art that came from the Muslims in the origins. This way was used for different decorations, and book decorations too.

This word is important because it is a symbol for our culture which was evolving in foreign countries since we were banished from lands of Israel 2000 approximately years ago.
And for religious people it is important.

This is what I think, though I might be mistaken a bit here and there.
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:iconrosie-the-rabbit:
Rosie-the-rabbit Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
wow thats beautiful :D it actually makes me feel happy looking at all those smiling faces :lol: its good to be different sometimes ;)
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:icongenny-raskin:
Genny-Raskin Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008  Student General Artist
Thanks a lot! :)

I am happy, I made you happy. ;)
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:iconrosie-the-rabbit:
Rosie-the-rabbit Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
thanks to you for sharing your lovely work with us :D
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:icongenny-raskin:
Genny-Raskin Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008  Student General Artist
My pleasure. ;)
I am flattered. :)
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:iconrosie-the-rabbit:
Rosie-the-rabbit Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008
:D
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