Jewish symbols reflect the interaction of word and image within
Jewish culture. Jews have always studied, interpreted, and revered
sacred texts; they have also adorned the settings and occasions of
sacred acts. Calligraphy and ornamentation have transformed Hebrew
letters into art; quotation, interpretation, legend, and wordplay
have made ceremonial objects into narrative.
This book represents just such a collaboration between art and language. Ellen Frankel and Betsy Platkin Teutsch, writer and artist, have brought their extensive knowledge and talents together to create The Encyclopedia of Jewish Symbols, the first reference guide of its kind, designed for use by educators, artists, rabbis, folklorists, feminists, Jewish and non-Jewish scholars, and lay readers.
Ellen Frankel is the Editor-in-Chief of the Jewish Publication Society as well as a free-lance writer and professional storyteller. Betsy Platkin Teutsch is a designer of Jewish ritual objects, a Jewish educator, and the illustrator of numerous publications.