Eruv as Conceptual and Kinetic Art

Eruv as Conceptual and Kinetic Art Mel Alexenberg, Purim at Sodom , poles, ropes and ceramic vessels, 1984. Sodom Eruv The significance of King Solomon’s wisdom linking eruv to the hand-washing ritual of n’tilat yadayim appeared to me as I stood in the heat of the day at the lowest spot on Planet Earth, at Sodom, the desolate site of the notorious biblical city of ill fame. Before me was a hill from which two distant purple mountain ranges arose. To the south was Edom, the biblical home of Amalek who attacked and murdered the straggling Israelites. The range to the north was Moav, the birthplace of Ruth, progenitor of kings David and Solomon. I had been invited to create an environmental artwork at Sodom for the public to see on Purim. Haman, the villain of the Purim story, is a reincarnation of Amalek. Contemplating links between the two biblical books named for women, Ruth and Esther, made it clear to me that my artwork should bring together Sodom and Purim by linking eruv and n’tilat yadayim. Building an eruv is a communal act that creates community while n’tilat yadayim is the private act that highlights individuality revealed in the uniqueness of fingerprints. The Images Brill

Eruv as Conceptual and Kinetic Art

Images , Volume 5 (1): 56 – Jan 1, 2011

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