The Torah Stitch by Stitch project is not strictly a project geared towards children, however it is one that children can participate in, and would be an interesting project for a group as a bar/bat mitzvah project. Created by artist, Temma Gentles, it is intended for people who want to experience “the purpose, rigor, and spirit of producing the holy texts.” However, the medium chosen was cross stitch, which has traditionally been taught to young women when learning to sew and learning to read. The act of slowly stitching letters provides an opportunity to think about the words and act of writing the Torah. It is a way “to engage with words of Torah” on a personal as well as communal level.
There are currently more than 650 stitchers in thirteen countries. Each participant also shares stories about their portion. It is a unique way to learn Torah.
Once the work is assembled, it is hoped that there will be an exhibition, as well as other methods of sharing the project.
Each participant is given a kit for cross stitch with materials and some instructions, and upon completion will produce four psukim/verses of the Torah. In addition to stitching the Torah, there is some room for a personal touch through borders and illumination. Currently the project is up to sefer Vayikra/Leviticus.
There are already quite a number of submissions, among them:
Bereshit/Genesis 1:29–2:1 stitched by Ruth Warzecha Jerusalem, Israel
Bereshit/Genesis 30:6-‐9 Stiched by Linda Sue Sohn Holliston MA USA
Bereshit/Genesis 1:1-‐5 stitched by Miriam Wyman Toronto, ON Canada
Bereshit/Genesis 22:17-‐20 stitched by Elly Friedman Toronto, ON Canada
This is an interesting way to explore Torah and good for hands on learners.
For more information contact:
torahstitchbystitch at gmail.com
Images courtesy Temma Gentles.
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