Mystical Jewish Artwork by Tikva Adler
The golden Hebrew letters are taken from the Tanakh, Psalm 63: “G-d, you are my G-d; I search for You, my soul yearns for You, as a parched and thirsty land that has no water… for You are my help, and in the shadow of Your wings I shout for joy.”
The idea of “eco kosher” emerged within Jewish Renewal circles, inspired by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. People have begun to ask questions like “Is it kosher to eat something that uses tons of non-renewable resources in packaging + shipping?” or “Is it kosher to use plastic plates that end up in landfills?”. Supporters of the idea of eco-kashrut realize that instead of taking G-d’s gifts for granted, we can live more sustainable lives and be in sync with nature.
I had been incorporating this idea into many aspects of my life beyond eating, and eventually realized that it also needed to merge with my artwork! I have begun new projects using only recycled materials, to create “eco-kosher artwork”. Combining elements from embroidery, painting, quilting, and collage, I have begun to create unique pieces of art that invoke a feeling of divine energy and sacredness. For me, creating artwork is an intensely meditative and spiritual experience, and this feeling is only heightened for me now that I know my artwork is helping instead of harming the planet.