“ The sound of the horn on Rosh Hashanah brings to mind the shofar of deliverance and thus turns fear to joy at the coming Messianic Age.”
As all Jewish holidays, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur — celebrating the creation of the world, reminding us of God’s judgment, the importance of cleansing ones sins and uniting with God — have unchanging elements. These constant elements which we call rituals, rites, have been repeated over generations in the long history of the Jewish people. Rituals such as the sounding of the shofar, tashlikh, Kapparot are the most often chosen by artists to illustrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The exhibition contains different works — drawings*, postcards, paintings — connected with these holidays. One of the most interesting works, from a color perspective, is the oil painting by Mery Litauer “Tashlikh”. We also present a fascinating New Year’s card made by the rabbi of Broszczów — Jehoshua O. Krohn — for the family of a local benefactor.
* One of the drawings by Bernard Picart (1673–1733) shows the interior of a synagogue in Amsterdam during Tosh Hashanah. The artist drew a group of men, one of them sounding the shofar.
** Not many remember that Mery Litauer, together with two of her friends — Elzbieta Hirszberzanka and Gizela Hufangel — started the group ‘Color”, active between 1929 and 1933, the least known and at the same time the only female association among those established by the graduates of Tadeusz Pruszkowski’s workshop in the Warsaw School of Fine Arts