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Mi Yodeah
Who Knows? 2017

Each print 13.5” x 9.5”, two editions

Book size 8" x 12", opens to 12” x 22”

  

“Who Knows?",Mi Yodeah in Hebrew, is one of the last song in a traditional Passover seder (a ritual meal of prayers, songs and discussion celebrating the freedom of the Jews from slavery). In this series of prints inspired by the song, I have assigned a botanical element to thirteen important tenets of Judaism each of which is a cumulative stanza in the song. The song is fun but still imparts important lessons for the children and adults at the table. 

 

The lyrics are as follows:

Who knows one?

I know one.

One is our God, in heaven and on earth.

 

Who knows two?

I know two.

Two are the tablets of the covenant.

One is our God, in heaven and on earth.

...and so forth. The last verse is:

 

Who knows thirteen?

I know thirteen.

Thirteen are the attributes of Mercy

Twelve are the tribes of Israel

Eleven are the stars of Joseph’s dream

Ten are the Ten Commandments

Nine are the months of childbirth

Eight are the days before Brit Milah

Seven are the days of the Week

Six are the sections of the Mishnah

Five are the books of the Torah

Four are the Matriarchs

Three are the Patriarchs

Two are the Tablets 

One is our God in heaven and on earth.