Illustrating the Talmud, Daily

By Matthue Roth, July 5, 2013

An artist and an observant Jew, Jacqueline Nicholls truly fulfills the biblical commandment to write your own Torah. She’s an avid student of Judaism, and her reactions frequently take the form of art projects. She’s invented a series of kittels that explores the ways clothing is used as a vehicle for meaning and identity, and her Ghosts & Shadows portraits depict women from Talmudic stories.

Her newest undertaking is her most ambitious. Each day for the next 7 years, Nicholls, along with tens of thousands of others, is studying the entire 2,700-plus-page Talmud at the relatively brisk rate of one page a day, an undertaking called Daf Yomi. And every day, she draws a representation of one teaching: Draw Yomi.

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