Sharon Rosenzweig, USA
It was through drawing that I discovered that God was a woman. Early in the creation of the graphic series, “The Comic Torah” (created with my spouse), we chose to depict the deity as a force of nature. As time passed, God began to remind me of my oldest brother, Larry, who, at nearly seven feet tall, was a big bully. By parashat Shemot, when God appears to Moses in the burning bush, there was a note of seduction, and God was suddenly in female form. That week, a friend said, “I see you’re casting yourself as God now.” The obvious next decision was to have my creative partner/husband model an African Moses. This is how parashat B’har became a romantic comedy, a love triangle, with the Land as the lust object, offered to everyone but never delivered.
Professional Background Sharon Rosenzweig holds an MFA degree in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she taught painting and printmaking for ten years before becoming a cartoonist, collaborating with her husband, comedian Aaron Freeman. Their book, The Comic Torah, was published in 2010 by Ben Yehuda Press. She resides in the Chicago area.