25 Years to Kehillat Kol Ha-Neshama
A BRIEF NOTE OF EXPLANATION
Around the time of Rosh HaShana 5771, the artist, Norman Slepkov, was honored by his religious community in that he was commissioned to design 5 chapter titles for a special publication honoring the 25th anniversary of Kehillat Kol Ha-Neshama in Jerusalem. It had been decided by the editors of this publication and the Rabbi, Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman, that each chapter would be based on one of the 5 Books of Moses in which the birth, development and future of the community and its congregation could be represented visually.
Norman decided that he would use a circle for the illustration and simple, beautiful calligraphy. The artist started searching for suitable quotes within each chapter to represent the theme of the chapter and its relation to the synagogue and its community.
The layout of the publication was such that the left-hand side had the illustration and the right hand side of the book had the extract. We have simply combined them each here in individual images with the translation in English of the extract.
"And God called the dry land Earth and the gathering together of the waters called He seas."
"And it came the same day that the Lord did bring the children out of the land of Egypt by their armies."
"Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, you shall be holy for I the Lord your God am holy."
"Take you the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, after their families, by the house of their fathers ..."
"A land of wheat and barley, and vines and fig trees and pomegranates; a land of oil olive and honey. "