Meet the Author: Fabulous Creatures from Hebraic Legend and Lore
Note: This is a 60-minute class running on Monday, 11/15/2021 @ 2pm-3pm PDT. Upon completed registration, your Zoom invitation will be emailed to you 7 days prior to the start time.
Join artist Mark Podwal for the entertaining and instructive tales drawn from biblical, talmudic, midrashic, and kabbalistic sources behind his delightful and entertaining bestiary for the twenty-first century, from the ant to the ziz.
In the Middle Ages, in addition to being a kind of encyclopedia of the animal kingdom, the bestiary also served as a book of moral and religious instruction, teaching human virtues through a portrayal of an animal’s true or imagined behavior. In A Jewish Bestiary, Mark Podwal revisits animals, both real and mythical, that have captured the Jewish imagination through the centuries.
You can purchase the book here.
Mark Podwal is an acclaimed artist whose works have been exhibited and published worldwide. Initially known for his drawings for The New York Times,most of Podwal’s books–his own as well as those he illustrated for others including such luminaries as Elie Wiesel and Harold Bloom–focus on Jewish subjects. His art is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Israel Museum, among many other venues. Author Cynthia Ozick has given Podwal the Hebrew name Baal Kav Emet, or “Master of the True Line.” In 1996 the French Ministry of Culture named Podwal an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters; in 2011 he received the Foundation for Jewish Culture Achievement Award; and in 2019 the Czech Foreign Ministry awarded Podwal the Gratias Agit Prize.