Or Shalom Rosh Hodesh Calendar Quilt

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* THE MOON * TISHREI * HESHVAN * KISLEV * TEVET *
* SHEVAT * ADAR * NISSAN * IYYAR * SIVAN * TAMMUZ * AV * ELUL

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This quilt was begun around 1984-85 under the guidance of Hanna Tiferet Siegel, and completed a few years later through the co-ordination of Dina-Hasida Mercy. Squares were assigned to women in the Rosh Hodesh group and Dina-Hasida designed and executed the moon and stars in the centre and assembled the quilt when all the squares were completed. 

THE MOON
MOON
The New Moon. 
Rosh Hodesh is the beginning of the new Hebrew month. 
The silver rays connect each month to its source in the cosmos: the cycles of the moon. There are stars. There is neither beginning nor end to the spiral of time. 

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Square by Faye Hassel and Joi Carlin. Joi did the machine sewing and Faye the hand sewing. A shofar to herald the new year. Apples and a honey bee for sweetness. Grapes for harvest.
"B'Rosh HaShana tivkatayvun v'Yom tzom Kippur yikhataymun" from High Holyday  Musaf, U'tkaneh tokef... "With the New Year, it is written and on the fast Day of Atonement, it is sealed."
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TISHREI

HESHVAN
Square by Claudia Casper. One of the first squares submitted when the project was originally begun! It's a wet month. It's the month when Noah set out in the ark and the rains began.
"Et kashti natati be'anan vhaita le'ot brit bayni u'vayn ha'aretz" Torah: Genesis 9:13 ... "I have put My rainbow in the cloud as a sign of the covenant between Me and the earth."
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Square design and hand sewing by Myrna Rabinovitch. Machine sewing by Dina-Hasida. A Hannukiah (Hannukah candle holder) which came in a dream to Myrna.
"Or hadash al Tzion ta'eer, v'nizkeh kulanu me'hayrah l'oro." From the Yotzer of the morning prayers..."Cause a new light to shine on Zion and may we all soon be worthy of its light."
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KISLEV
KISLEV

TEVET
Square by Roz Kunin. The 3 figures in the square represent the 70 children of Israel mentioned in the first verse who went down into Egypt.
"Eleh shemot" First words of the book of Exodus in the Torah which we begin reading during Tevet...."These are the names"
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Square by Susan Polsky-Shamash. The month of the new year for trees: Tu b'Shvat. The four graduated shades of colour in the background represent the four cups of wine of the Tu b'Shvat seder: starting with pale for the trees in winter and ending with deep purple for summer when the sap flows freely and the fruit is abundant. Foreground is an almond tree: the first tree to blossom each year in eretz Yisrael.
"Tu'bshvat hegiah, hag la'eelanot"Holiday song... "The 15th of Shevat is here: a holiday for the trees!"
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SHEVAT
SHEVAT

ADAR
ADAR
Square by Sheryl Sorokin.
A Purim mask.
"Mi'sh'nihnas Adar, marbim b'simha" Talmud..."Whoever gets into Adar increases in joy!"
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Square by Glennis Broverman. Themes of Pesach: a seder plate, matza, the pascal lamb, the cup of Elijah, the barley offering which begins the counting of the Omer. It's Spring!
"Anokhi Yah Elohayhekha asher hotzetikha may-eretz Mitzraiyim, mebayt avadim" Torah, Exodus: Begining of the 10 Commandments... "I am Adonai, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery."
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NISSAN
NISSAN

IYYAR
Square by Faye Hassal and Joi Carlin. The hands symbolize and honour those who died in the Holocaust and whose sacrifice helped give rise to the new state of Israel which was born this month. The Western Wall is represented and the grain symbolized the counting of the Omer.
"Am Yisrael Khai" A song of rejoicing... "The people Israel lives!"
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Square design and hand sewing by Hana Wosk. Machine sewing by Dina-Hasida. Shavuot is celebrated this month: the festival of the giving of the Torah. Mt. Sinai covered by clouds: the children of Israel are the sequins lining the base of the mountain. Amidst the lighting the word of God descends.
"Kol-hadvarim asher deeber Yah na'aseh." Torah, Exodus... "All the things which God has commanded, we wil do."
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SIVAN
SIVAN

TAMMUZ
Square by Dina-Hasida Mercy. In this month begins a period of mourning which lasts until the 9th of Av. The burning Torah scrolls represent the five disasters which befell the Jewish people on the 17th of Tammuz. The kneeling figure raises her arm to ward off the grief.
"Eicha...Kol rodfeha heesiguha bayn hametzarim." Scroll of Lamentations... "Woe!...All her pursurers caught her between the narrow places."
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Square by Dina-Hasida Mercy.
On a hot summer day the smoke rises around the Western Wall which is all that survives of the destruction of the Temple
"Khadseh yameinu k'kedem." Scroll of Lamentations...."Renew our days as before."
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AV
AV

ELUL
ELUL
Square by Joi Carlin and Reva Malkin. The shofar blows as the process of self-examination begins prior to the High Holydays in the Lower Mainland of B.C. Grouse Mountain is in the background. The shofar blower is neither recognizably male nor female. The tumult of yarn starts out to be tzitzit (ritual fringes on a prayer shawl), but become the surf as it surges onto the beach.
"Tiku b'khodesh shofar, b'kesheh l'yom khageinu." Psalm 81..."Blow the shofar for a month until the New Moon brings the day of our festival."
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Notes by Dina-Hasida Mercy (with apologies for any inaccuracies)
 

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