Recently, I was at Lynne Feldman’s studio in the Anderson Arts Building. You’ve seen her collage homage to the public market, at the Writers and Books scavenger hunt for Rochester Reads and cloaked in her art at a kickin’ First Friday. And you may have seen Lynne’s work on the cover of A Family Among Families: The Jewish Home of Rochester Since 1920 (1998)Kindly offering images of her art, Lynne explains some of her thoughts on Passover:
This year I had a showing of my Judaic paintings and serigraphs at the Kehilla Community Synagogue in Oakland, California. This is a temple that has a large LGBTQ population as well as a large population of “Jews of Color.” When I attended the opening last month, I was struck by the wonderful diversity of the congregation. I also realized that it was almost Passover and that this was a part of the metaphor of what Passover is about.
Every year at the Passover Seder we read the story of the exodus of the Jews from Egypt, where they had been slaves for many years. We read how they crossed the Red Sea, which parted for them. We read how, led by Moses, they wandered in the desert for the next 40 years until they found the “promised Land.” We can interpret this story literally, a historic migration with some very major miracles or we can read this story as a metaphor relevant to our own contemporary times. The central theme of Passover is liberation and since Passover is also always at the beginning of spring, another theme is that of rebirth, renewal and transformation.
On this night long years ago, our ancestors hearkened to the call of freedom Tonight that call rings again, commanding us to champion the cause of the oppressed and the downtrodden summoning all the peoples around the world to arise and be free. This message is also about social, political and spiritual transformation.
Thanks, Lynn for sharing your work and enriching our understanding of the meaning of Passover.
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