Michelle Bentsman, USA
If the children of Israel choose to stray from the divine laws of the Covenant, a slew of horrific curses will chew them up, spit them far from grace, and demand their enemy swallow their pitiful remains. Their punishment is to eat and never be satisfied. Their hunger will render them utterly desperate and bring them to eat the flesh of their sons and daughters. Lost and rejected by God, those who stray will suffer the sight of their cities and holy sites conquered by enemies and torn to pieces as retribution. As it is written: “I will set My face against you: you shall be routed by your enemies, and your foes shall dominate you” (Leviticus 26:17).
Professional Background Michelle Bentsman is a trans-disciplinary artist and scholar of comparative religion. Her work has been profiled in Haaretz and Jewish Week. She was a researcher for the PBS documentary, “The Awakening: Portraits of Life and Death,” and is an MTS candidate at Harvard Divinity School.