In the Jewish / Hebrew calendar, the months are delineated according to the lunar cycle — the new month aligns with the new moon.
In both modern and ancient times, Rosh Chodesh is seen as an opportunity for women to gather in ritual space.
Nisan is one of four New Years in the Jewish Calendar — this one is considered the New Year for the Jewish People.
Week 3 Projects
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A lunar nightly ritual object for parent and child.
Eli Kaplan Wildmann
Steampunk Water Calendar
To experience the moon’s connection to birth, the cycles of life, and the natural world, this ritual involves pouring a drop of water from a different vial each of the 30 days of the month, and on the final day, using dyes to form a temporary artistic creation. A cellphone light will project the colors, filling your ceiling with a swirling, personal meditative moon.
Moon Cycle Perpetual Calendar
This calendar tracks the phases of the moon throughout the entire Jewish year, helps you match the lunar cycle with the secular year with an inset calendar, and has an accompanying travel moon-phase-on-the-go. It also has areas to write in intentions and wishes for the coming month, based on the traditional prayer for the new month.
Moon On The Go!
A portable moon for your rituals on the go! This piece can fit in your pocket, fold out into a moon, and — with the help of your phone flashlight — transform your space into a starry night.
Tastes of Season
Almost all produce in Israel is locally grown, and thus seasonal. Each month we are graced with delicious new tastes and colors. These collages made entirely of recycled magazines capture the vibrancy of the fruit or vegetable of the month.
Week 2 Winner – Immune from Week 3 Elimination
Inspired by the scroll casing typically found with Megillah Esther – I found it a fitting idea especially concerning the New Moon and its light awaiting to be revealed. I wanted to create a piece that I could use each month. I used two layers of metal sheet and used a pomegranate design to represent the spring time.