download:posterGo to Tool Kit > Frames of MindSelect by:ArtistAuthorQuoteArtistAuthorQuoteMasters SeriesProudly JewishMaster tabPoster Commentary"It’s when the winds blow the hardest that you need the deepest roots."Rabbi Lord Jonathan SacksPoster design:Frances JetterCommentary Interview and commentary by Beth Kissileff Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks’s image of blowing winds threatening a tree is inspired by Psalm I. This Psalm compares a righteous person to “a tree planted by rivers of water” which bears abundant fruit and whose leaves do not wither. In contrast, the wicked are compared to “chaff” blown by the wind. The Jewish people, like a deeply-rooted tree, face two dangers, according to Sacks. Firstly, “high winds” threaten to knock over the tree. “The high winds are anti-Semitism,” which Sacks believes can be defeated, but only when Jews “form a common front, an alliance in defense of human dignity and religious liberty.” The second risk which a tree faces is lack of water, which causes the leaves to shrivel and the tree to die. Sacks compares this to Jews who “don’t study Judaism…Torah is water…Without the Torah, you don’t feed the roots, and the leaves eventually wither and die.” Sacks is confident that engagement with the rich Jewish literary tradition can reconnect Jews to their roots and water source. “We are a religion whose heroes are teachers, citadels are houses of study, and the passion is for education.” Sacks credits technology, particularly the Internet, with expanding and enhancing opportunities to connect to our literary tradition. Connecting to the past is only the beginning, says Sacks. “We are in love with the past but not in the past. Jews are the greatest example in history of a forward looking people.” For Jews, “Ancient truth remains contemporary. The old is perennially renewed.” Beth Kissileff is a writer, freelance journalist, and educator. She is the author of a forthcoming novel, Questioning Return, and editor of an anthology, Reading Genesis. Her writing has appeared in Haaretz.com, Slate.com, NYTimes.com, WashingtonPost.com, Huffington Post, The Tower, Jewish Review of Books, Tablet, The Forward, Jerusalem Report, Jerusalem Post, and The Jewish Week. Kissileff has taught Jewish studies and English literature at a number of universities and in adult education settings. Conversation Guide WHAT DO YOU THINK? 1. What does the metaphor of “deepest roots” suggest to you? 2. What are the deepest roots to your Judaism? What winds threaten them? 3. How can contemporary Jews remain true to their roots, but also adapt to new environments and situations? How do new and old coexist in Jewish tradition? WHAT DO YOU SEE? 1. What insights about the quote are communicated by the way the characters are arranged? What sort of winds do you think are blowing against them? 2. The characters are focused straight ahead, looking at the viewer. What could they be saying to you? 3. How do the choice of color and style or art support the quote? What emotion does this image create in you? Credits Frames of Mind©2015, Frances Jetter, Quote: Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Harold Grinspoon Foundation, West Springfield, MA AuthorRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks1948–presentUnited KingdomRabbi, authorAbout Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks is a world-renowned scholar, author, and philosopher. He served as chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from 1991 to 2013. Rabbi Sacks is currently a professor of Jewish thought at New York University and Yeshiva University. He has received numerous honorary degrees and awards, and was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen and awarded life peerage and a seat in the House of Lords. Rabbi Sacks is the author of tens of books, including annotated prayer books for the major holidays, and is the recipient of many literary awards. He is a sought-after lecturer and scholar, and regarded as one of the most influential contemporary rabbis. Links Rabbi Sacks' Website Blogs on Times of Israel Media Why I am a Jew ArtistFrances JetterNew YorkIllustratorEducatorAbout Frances Jetter is an illustrator and teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her works are rich in political and social subject matter, and have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, and The Nation, to name a few. Jetter’s prints and artist’s books are in numerous permanent collections, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the New York Public Library, and the Library of Congress. She has received fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts, a grant from the Puffin Foundation, and multiple awards for her work. Links Frances Jetter's Website Bio and other work Quote"It’s when the winds blow the hardest that you need the deepest roots."Rabbi Lord Jonathan SacksContext What did [Cardinal Hume] teach us, people of all faiths and those of none? He taught us three things above all. He showed us that moral relativism is not the only answer to a complex, changing world. When the winds blow hardest, it is then that you need strong roots. He spoke insistently of the sanctity of life. He showed an almost biblical passion for justice. These, for him, were not opinions but objective truths and he spoke with the rare authority that comes from a life of reverence and obedience. Source Source of quote: Sacks, Rabbi Lord Jonathan, Celebrating Life: Finding Happiness in Unexpected Places. London and New York: Continuum, 2000, page 166. Hebrew כאשר הרוח נושבת בחוזקה יש צורך בשורשים העמוקים ביותר. הרב לורד יונתן זאקס- Select by Artist Ofra Amit Orit Bergman Frances Jetter Einat Peled James Steinberg Jean Claude (J.C.) Suares Select by Author Albert Einstein Franz Kafka Emma Lazarus Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso Natan Sharansky Select by Quote "A book must be an axe to break the sea frozen inside us." "Until we are all free . . . none of us are free." "Imagination is more important than knowledge." "We must believe not only that all people are created equal but also that all peoples are created equal." "At the heart of what it means to be a Jew is to ask questions." "It’s when the winds blow the hardest that you need the deepest roots." Select by Artist Ofra Amit Orit Bergman Frances Jetter Einat Peled James Steinberg Jean Claude (J.C.) Suares Select by Author Albert Einstein Franz Kafka Emma Lazarus Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso Natan Sharansky Select by Quote "A book must be an axe to break the sea frozen inside us." "It’s when the winds blow the hardest that you need the deepest roots." "At the heart of what it means to be a Jew is to ask questions." "We must believe not only that all people are created equal but also that all peoples are created equal." "Until we are all free . . . none of us are free." "Imagination is more important than knowledge."