This book is a wonderful introduction to Jewish art, the meanings of our haftarot, and cultural insights into Jewish history. Artist Laya Crust has interpreted the 82 haftarah stories from the Bible and created an innovative painting for each one. The illustrations were painted into an original Haftarah Scroll used weekly at Beth David B’nai Israel Beth Am, Toronto, Canada. It is the first illustrated scroll of this type ever to be created. The paintings were reproduced to create this remarkable book.
The imagery gives outstanding insights into Judaism’s rich cultural heritage. Laya utilizes imagery from Medieval Spanish manuscripts, ancient mosaics, and modern artists as diverse as Chagall and Maurice Sendak. The paintings are presented as an odyssey through world history as experienced by the Jewish people.
Each of the 82 paintings is accompanied by Laya’s commentary linking the art to the haftarah, the parashah, and a period of Jewish history. This lavishly illustrated book is a thoroughly enjoyable exploration for students, art fans, and anyone who loves the Bible and its many stories.