Our “Apples & Honey” Challah Covers are now for sale in our Etsy and Amazon Shops (see links at left.)
100% cotton, 16×20 inches. $45.00.
Six “Hatikva” Challah Covers have just come off my loom here at the Woven Judaica division of Ephods and Pomegranates. They are about 16″ x 20″, handwoven from 100% cotton.
The price is $40.00 each, in our Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/631408775/challah-cover?ref=shop_home_active_1
“Hatikva” which means “The Hope,” was the song of the early Zionist movement, and is now the national anthem of Israel. The design of the Challah Cover is “woven music” – the bands represent the first 8 measures of “Hatikva.” The different colors are different notes, and the width of the bands is the length of the note. This is an artistic rendition, so there are no lines separating notes or measures but you can see how it works here:
The words that go along with it are:
As long as the Jewish spirit is yearning deep in the heart . . .
Kol ode balevav P’nimah – Nefesh Yehudi homiyah . . .
All sales are made through our online Etsy or Amazon shops, but we are happy to take advance reservations.
The “Tallit Prayer Scarf”
Today tallits come in many sizes, shapes, colors and designs. This is possible because their are no rules governing what the tallit as a garment should look like. The only part of the tallit that is prescribed is the tzitzit (tassels or fringes) at the four corners:
Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them that they shall make for themselves fringes on the corners of their garments, throughout their generations, and that they shall affix a thread of sky-blue on the fringe of each corner.
This shall be tzitzit [fringes] for you, and when you see it, you will remember all the commandments of G‑d to perform them, and you shall not wander after your hearts and after your eyes after which you are going astray.
So that you shall remember and perform all My commandments, and you shall be holy to your L‑rd. (Numbers 15:38 – 40)
I have found that the larger sizes of tallits are a bit, well, large for use in daily prayer at home, or while traveling. So I created the tallit scarf in the photo above.* It was woven on my rigid heddle loom, of 100% cotton. The tzitzit are hand tied.
If there is an interested , we will offer them in our Etsy and Amazon Shops at Ephods and Pomegranates.
Blessing for wearing the tzitzit (the tallit):
Blessed are you, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the Universe, who has sanctified us with commandments, and instructed us to wrap ourselves in tzizit.
This shall be tzitzit [fringes] for you . . . It is said that this is one of the few commandments who purpose is carefully explained in Torah: and when you see it, you will remember all the commandments of G‑d to perform them, and you shall not wander after your hearts and after your eyes after which you are going astray. In a very real sense, the commandment to wear tzitzit is equal in importance to all the others put together, because its purpose is to remind us of them all.
There are several different designs of tallits in our Etsy and Amazon shops. Perhaps this tallit scarf, which I have woven for myself, will become one of them.
* The scarf shown is a woven representation of the climax of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, which includes Schiller’s poem “Ode to Joy:
Freude, schöner Götterfunken,
Tochter aus Elysium,
Wir betreten feuertrunken,
Himmlische, dein Heiligtum!
Deine Zauber binden wieder
Was die Mode streng geteilt;
Alle Menschen werden Brüder
Wo dein sanfter Flügel weilt.
Joy, beautiful spark of the gods,
Daughter from Elysium,
We enter, drunk with fire,
Heavenly One, thy sanctuary!
Your magic binds again
What convention strictly divides;
All people become brothers,
Where your gentle wing abides.
The “Hatikva” Challah Covers warp is now on Will’s loom.
This is an artistic rendition of the “woven music” concept, so there are no bar lines, or visual lines separating two of the same notes. You can see that some of the wider bands represent more than one note. (The final note is a half note, rather than a quarter note and rest as shown.)
Ko– lod ba-lei-vav p’ni — mah, ne-fesh ye- hu-di ho – mi – ya
As long as within our hearts the Jewish soul sings . . .
These covers are made from washable 100% mercerized cotton, and are approximately 16″ x 20″
The sell for $40.00, and will be available in limited supply exclusively in the Ephods and Pomegranates Etsy Store when completed.
Now on Will’s Loom: Challah Covers with a Hatikva Theme:
I’m combining my “Woven Music” scarf line with my “Woven Judaica” line to produce “Hatikva” Challah Covers. Hatikva (The Hope) is the national anthem of Israel, but it got its start much earlier in the early days of the Zionism movement. This from the knesset.gov.il website:
The words of Israel’s national anthem were written as a nine-stanza poem by poet Naftali Herz Imber and were first published in 1876 or 1877 (the exact date is unknown). It served as the anthem of the Zionist Movement at the 18th Zionist Congress in 1933. When the State of Israel was established, the first stanza and refrain were adopted as the national anthem. Until 2004, Hatikva was not officially the national anthem when it was rooted in the “Flag and Emblem Law” of 1949 which then became the “Flag, Emblem, and National Anthem Law, 5709-1949.”
Hatikva text in Hebrew:
|עוֹד לֹא אָבְדָה תִּקְוָתֵנוּ,
הַתִּקְוָה בַּת שְׁנוֹת אַלְפַּיִם,
לִהְיוֹת עַם חָפְשִׁי בְּאַרְצֵנוּ,
אֶרֶץ צִיּוֹן וִירוּשָׁלַיִם.
|כֹּל עוֹד בַּלֵּבָב פְּנִימָה
נֶפֶשׁ יְהוּדִי הוֹמִיָּה,
וּלְפַאֲתֵי מִזְרָח, קָדִימָה,
עַיִן לְצִיּוֹן צוֹפִיָּה,
Transliteration of Hatikva text:
|Kol od balevav penimah,
Nefesh yehudi homiyah,
Ulefa-atei mizrach, kadimah,
Ayin letziyon tsofiyah.
|Od lo avdah tikvateinu
Hatikva bat shnot alpayim,
Lihyot am chofshi be-artzeinu,
Eretz tzion, virushalayim.
Translation of the Hatikva:
|As long as in the heart within,
The Jewish soul yearns,
And toward the eastern edges, onward,
An eye gazes toward Zion.
|Our hope is not yet lost,
The hope that is two-thousand years old,
To be a free nation in our land,
The Land of Zion, Jerusalem.
The colors portray the first four bars of Hatikva. Each different color is a different note. (For art’s sake, where there are two or more of the same note together, they are portrayed in one wider band.) The width of the bands indicates the length of the note.
Watch this site for finished pictures. The Hatikva Challah Covers will be available in our Etsy and Amazon shops, linked from www.ephodsandpomegranates.com
Two new Tallits, just off Will’s loom and awaiting finishing.
“Capernaum” on the Left, and “Siloam” on the Right
I’ll tie the tzitzits if you like, or provide cord from Israel for you to tie your own
Approximately 20″ x 7, – Mercerized Cotton
Coming Soon to the Woven Judaica line in our Etsy Shop
We will be teaching weaving classes at the Liturgical Arts Conference in Mississippi October 20-25. You can see all the details at https://www.liturgicalartsconference.com/
And especially at https://www.liturgicalartsconference.com/weaving-worship-the-souls-warp-and-weft.html