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Hebrew Illuminations 16-Month 2013 Wall Calendar: The Yom Tovim Jewish Holy Days Calendar – Wall Calendar, July 20, 2012


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Product Details

  • Calendar: 26 pages
  • Publisher: Amber Lotus; 16m Wal edition (July 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602376212
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602376212
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 11.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #818,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A handsome picture book...Rhine's paintings echo Chris-tian illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages." -- Chicago Tribune, Sept. 22, 2006

"Rhine is an accomplished Judaic artist...a beautifully illustrated book of the Hebrew symbols and alphabet." -- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Sept. 9, 2006 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Adam Rhine began his artistic life as a doodler. Choosing to become an artist at age eleven, he soon mastered the covert art of doodling in school, a practice that he has perfected as an adult. All of his Judaica works began as tiny ballpoint sketches, usually on Post-its™, quickly capturing ideas and designs. He then pastes them into his sketchbook and forgets until inspiration leads him to expand and perfect one particular design into a vivid and ornate watercolor painting.

Rhine holds a Bachelors in Fine Art in Illustration from Northern Illinois University, has worked as a professional artist since 1991, and is a member of the American Guild of Judaic Art. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Lincolnwood Jewish Congregation in Lincolnwood, Illinois. His work has been featured on the Hallmark Channel, in the Rothschild Gallery in St. Louis, and as the artistic focus of best-selling calendars for three years running. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Customer Reviews

I love mine and will enjoy it all year!
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It's very high quality, has a ton of information and detail and intriguing artwork!
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Adam Rhine's Hebrew Illuminations is a stupendously beautiful book.
Jordan Gruber

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Format: Hardcover
Adam Rhine is a professional artist and member of the American Guild of Judaic Art. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Lincolnwood Jewish Congregation in Lincolnwood Illinois. Enthusiastically recommended for personal, synagogue, academic, and community library collections, Hebrew Illuminations showcases the Judaic symbolism and themes of Rhine's art as it had originally appeared in calendars, greeting cards, magazine covers -- and even on chocolate candy! Comprised of forty-four truly stunning and memorable images, Hebrew Illuminations is especially recommended to the attention of students of kabbalistic meditation practices through offering a visual contemplation of hidden meanings in Hebrew letters and symbols ranging from the "Aleinu" (a declaration of faith that inspires an offer of praise for all creation), to the "Chai" (a tribute to the divine for the miraculous gift of life). Here are to be found emotionally and spiritually moving images in honor and celebration of jewish holidays, Torah passages, Sabbath practices, and so much more. In the tradition of medieval illuminated manuscripts, Adam Rhine's Hebrew Illuminations is both a showcase collection of superb art and a volume of meditative inspiration for spiritual insight and reflection.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Meredith Neria on March 2, 2006
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This is a colorful, informative treasure of a calendar. Reminds me when we used to make the spirograph drawings and then color them. Has the necessary information for keeping up with Torah readings, holy days, candle lightings and a brief verse and story of the holiday. Amazing and vibrant creativity in the drawings. Hopefully this will become a tradition in our household to have at least one hanging on the wall.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rosanna L. Mensik on October 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Absolutely wonderful. Adam does a great job on the Hebrew aleph-bet. Good, accurate discriptions with the numerical value as well. What I am most enamored with are his Magen Davids. They are beautiful, artistic and classically suited to each season and phase of Jewish life. Good Job Adam!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jordan Gruber on November 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Adam Rhine's Hebrew Illuminations is a stupendously beautiful book. Rhine, a professional artist since 1991 and a member of the American Guild of Judaic Art, has put together a coffee table book of illustrations of both the letters of the Hebrew alphabet and a variety of Stars of David (i.e., 6-pointed or Jewish stars).

From the coloring to the fine graphic detail, these hand-drawn letters andstars unflinchingly reveal the magic that is at the core of Hebrew and Jewish written expression.As Rabbi David Zeller says in the book's forward:

"It is indeed illuminating to see how far the Hebrew letters have traveled around the world and into the cosmos. It is a wonder how they have inspired people of many religions, traditions, cultures, and professions. What is this fascination with these strange shapes - the ancient, timeless, Hebrew letters?... As you contemplate these letters now, go beyond the identified letter and its 'sub-atomic' letter particles. Allow your imagination to soar and take you through the portals of these glyphs to the worlds beyond them....

"This is the nature of the contemplative process: we open ourselves to the stimulus - here, the bold and richly colorful illuminations of the Hebrew alphabet - and our inner being supplies the rest, taking us to previously unimagined universes within. The potential of art rooted in the sacred is to take us on a sacred journey on which we discover our own unique relationship to the source of life."

Each letter occupies its own over-sized page, and facing it is a description of the letter along with commentary written by Rhine. Relevant prayers and sayings, in Hebrew, are also sprinkled throughout the book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
"Looking at the letters as the expressions of creation can bring us back to the creation, to G-d's dream and vision of the world that was intended to be, to the purpose of creation, and to our own seemingly unlimited potential for human creativity." ~ Rabbi David Zeller

Adam Rhine's beautifully illustrated alphabet originates from ballpoint sketches that turn into warm watercolor expressions that seem to be an ever-changing mandala miracle. His fascination with calligraphy and interest in infusing his work with the energy of color takes his black-and-white pen drawing into new realms. Here he paints and tells the story of each letter. When discussing "Beit" we see a drawing and also read:

"Having a solid foundation, the letter beit represents a house or home. Each of us can be a home for the divine and a source of blessings to the world, making it a true home for the Divine."

As you contemplate each holy letter in this book you can gain a deeper sense of purpose in the way letters are arranged to produce deeper meanings in words.

"Chai, the world for `life,' is spelled with a chet and yud. This combination unites the presence of G-d (represented by the yud) to our existence in time (chet)."

The drawings themselves are alive with meaning and beauty. I love the drawing "Ahava" because two hearts are incorporated into the picture to produce a stained-glass effect. The "Tikkun Olam" painting would be beautiful framed.

~The Rebecca Review
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