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November 18, 2017 | ‎כ״ט במרחשון ה׳תשע״ח‎

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Where in the Torah Do We Learn about the High Holidays? (A Visual Guide)

Where in the Torah Do We Learn about the High Holidays? (A Visual Guide)

Where in the Torah do we learn about the Jewish High Holidays?

In Sefer Vayikra, (the Book of Leviticus), in Parashat Emor! G-d tells Moses to tell the Children of Israel: “These are the Holidays of G-d!”

Here are illustrations from my painting, “The Vayikra Mural,” on display at IVAN Gallery in Los Angeles.

Vayikra and the High Holidays in Visuals

After discussing Passover, the Omer, and Shavuot, G-d tells Moses to tell the Children of Israel that the first day of the seventh month will be a day of rest, of remembrance, and of sounding (the ram’s horn).

Then, G-d tells Moses to tell the Children of Israel that the tenth day of the seventh month will be a Day of Atonement: Yom ha Kippurim. We must fast, and do no work. This is an eternal law!

G-d then tells Moses to tell the Children of Israel: The fifteenth day of the seventh month will be the seven day Festival of Sukkot! No work may be done on the first or eighth day. We must take a citron fruit, unopened palm frond, myrtle branches, and willows, and must live in thatched huts for seven days! There are special fire offerings for each holiday, but we no longer have the means for these.

The High Holidays are thus taught in Parashat Emor, in Sefer Vayikra!

Author: Barbara Mendes

Barbara Mendes studied art throughout her youth in NYC, then published stories and covers in Underground Comix under the name “Willy Mendes.” She developed her style of brilliantly colored
narrative paintings, epic in detail and scale, and has exhibited them in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Florida, and Tel Aviv. Ms.
Mendes’s Los Angeles studio/gallery, Ivan Gallery, is open to the public.