Inspired by renown Israeli photographer, Zion Ozeri
Through analyzing Zion Ozeri’s photographs we learned about Jewish values, identity, and tradition. These photographs are the expression of the Zayin class’s interpretation of these values.
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A Time For Chanting
By Faith Levy
I choose this picture because I was practicing my Torah portion when I was preparing for my Bat Mitzvah. I thought that there is a time for celebrating my Bat Mitzvah and a time for sadness, like a death. There is also time for peace and for war. Once I saw the quote and the picture I felt that I could discover the real meaning of the quote, that everything had a time and everything has a purpose.
A season is set for everything, a time for every experience under heaven;
A time for being born and a time for dying,
A time for planting and a time for uprooting the planted;
A time for slaying and a time for healing,
A time for tearing down and a time for building up;
A time for weeping and a time for laughing,
A time for wailing and a time for dancing;
A time for throwing stones and a time for gathering stones,
A time for embracing and a time for shunning embraces;
A time for seeking and a time for losing,
A time for keeping and a time for discarding;
A time for ripping and a time for sewing,
A time for silence and a time for speaking;
A time for loving and a time for hating;
A time for war and a time for peace.
-Ecclesiastes (Kohelet) 3:1-8
By Jonathan Sigurdsson
I took this picture because think that it symbolizes working together. Since the United States and Israel are and have been working together for a long time, I chose to put them together. I put the American Flag to represent America, and I put a menorah to represent Judaism/Israel. I picked this quote because I feel that it is a good example of working together. In a town, everyone has a job and they work together to keep the town running, and I feel that this can be connected with the world.
“The whole world is one town”
The Study Session
By Brooke Levy
I chose this quote because it shows how important it is that children build our future. I took this picture because I felt that it’s a good way to describe my education was through a Jewish point of view. It shows how people anywhere can study Torah. This photo is special to me because it takes people from different backgrounds and brings them together in Religious School. I picked this quote with my photo because it shows that education is as important as your religion and that children are the future and they can build the temple once they are fully educated.
“The students of school may not be interrupted even for the building of the Temple.”
-Babylonian Talmud, Shabbat 119b
By Isaac Feierman
Israel’s Partners is a representation of Israel and how everyone in Israel is united under G-d and Judaism. The rocks are supposed to represent the people and the Torah is supposed to be God. Every rock is placed next to each other as if they were all holding hands. The Torah looks upon them and smiles. I chose this quote because no matter how many friends you have there is never too much. There were a lot of rocks, each one with Israel’s star, the star of David. They were all holding hands with god.
“Let not a thousand friends seen too many in your eyes.”
-Solomon Ibn Garbriol, 11th century
By Emily Zeitz
I chose this picture because it can symbolize many things. First, it can symbolize a community – community of kiddush cups -but the kiddush cups can symbolize families of people. It can also symbolize the seventh day, Shabbat, and keeping tradition. The designs on the kiddush cups could symbolize youth because kids drew them. Also, the picture could symbolize diversity, like the different designs on the cups. When I first saw the cups and when I saw the picture again, it intrigued me because of all of the ways I could interpret it, but also how a lot of other people could interpret it.
“When Rav Huna had a meal, he would open the doors of his house and say, ‘Let whoever is in need come and eat.’”
-Babylonian Talmud, Ta’anit 20b-21a
By Eitan Rub
I chose the picture of a sunset because I really liked the sunset colors, and that it was a really nice view of the sunset as well. The quote that I chose to go along with the picture was about preparing for darkness, and that I chose it becauseit represents the sunrise (good things) and the sunset (bad things). The quote also explains that a person always should bless God, no matter what happens to him, good or bad. The picture also represents preparing for darkness, because the sunset in the picture is saying that there is little time before for the upcoming darkness, and that you have to get ready. In conclusion, I chose the picture because I really loved the color and the view, and I chose the quote that went along with it because it represented the picture a lot.
“A person is obligated to bless God for the evil that befalls him just as He blesses him for the good.”
– Mishnah, Berachot 9:5