Click the talk bubble to hear Annabelle explain how the symbols represent different Jewish holidays. You can read along by clicking here.
The “Tree of Life” is Annabelle Argand’s symbolic Jewish calendar. She used different stitching techniques to make symbols of several Jewish holidays. Can you see the “branches” of the tree that
tie all the holidays together?
If you think you can recognize the symbols, click on the picture to start the quiz! If you need a hint, click below for terms and definitions.
Here’s what you’ll find:
- Hebrew letters that translate to, “It is a tree of life to those that hold fast to it and its ways are ways of pleasantness.”
- Shabbat, the weekly day of rest. The symbols you’ll see are: 1) a crown, 2) candles, 3) a kiddish cup.
- Succoth and Shavuot, festivals to celebrate agriculture in the spring and the fall. The symbols you’ll see are: 1) plants, 2) a silver yad (a pointer), 3) etrog (fruit) and lulav (tree
- Yomin Noraim (High Holidays) are Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The symbol you will see is: 1) a shofar, a musical instrument made of horn blown only on the High Holidays.
- Purim, a holiday for great celebration. The symbol you’ll see is: 1) a story (megilla).
- Shavuot, the anniversary of Moses receiving the Torah. The symbol you’ll see is: 1) the tablet of the Ten Commandments.
- Pesach is the holiday of Passover. They symbols you’ll see are: 1) matza (flat bread), 2) bricks, and 3) parsley.
- Chanukkah, the winter holiday of lights. The symbol you’ll see is: 1) the chanukiah (oil lamp).
- Tisha B’av, a day of fasting and sadness. The symbol you’ll see is: 1) tears.
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