Monday, June 11, 2007
Numbers 16:1 - 18:32
This weeks parsha is among the more disturbing and least believable Torah portions that we read- how do 250 men just vanish into smoke? And why would G'd feel such a thing was necessary. There are many d'var torahs offering insight including here, here and here.
How does a pair of pomegranate relate to Korach you may be asking yourself. The answer is it does not... but I love pomegranates- as fruit, as symbols and art objects and I want to do a week of pomegranates! I will say however that pomegranates are mentioned in this book of the Torah including
Numbers (Bamidbar) 13:23
They reached the wadi Eshcol, and there they cut down a branch with a single cluster of grapes--it had to be borne on a carrying frame by two of them--and some pomegranates and figs.
Numbers (Bamidbar) 20:5
Why did you make us leave Egypt to bring us to this wretched place, a place with no grain or figs or vines or pomegranates? There is not even water to drink!
These lovely pomegranates are the work of the Stone-Cohn gallery. COHN-STONE STUDIOS, located in the San Francisco bay area, is the work place of artists Michael Cohn and Molly Stone. They formed their partnership in 1980 and since that time have collaboratively developed their Studio lines, as well as their individual artistic careers. The Studio work is a perfect example of the sum of two distinctly individual insights --their work rings true to their ability to combine uniquely individual design directives, complementing one another and creating a compelling and unique body of work that would not be otherwise possible.