Andi Arnovitz, USA/Israel
I have always loved this parasha because it carefully explains the fundamentals of the Jewish concept of tzedaka. There are many blessings and curses. As an artist searching for the text’s most graphic statement, I honed in on the passage that serves as the basis for the fundamental laws of giving in Jewish practice: “If … there is a needy person among you, one of your kin in any of your settlements in the land that your God is giving you, do not harden your heart and shut your hand against your needy kin. Rather, you must open your hand and lend whatever is sufficient to meet the need” (Deuteronomy 15:7–8).
Professional Background Andi LaVine Arnovitz was born and raised in the United States. She earned her BFA degree from Washington University in St. Louis and immigrated to Israel in 1999. Her work has been shown in Europe, Israel, Canada, China, the United States, and Eastern Europe, as well as part of many collections including the Library of Congress, the Israel National Library, museums in the United States and Israel, and foreign ministries, foundations, and private collections.