Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Shavout and paper cutting, a forgotten Jewish folk art form

By Sara Horowitz
Jorge Jaramillo FLICKR
CANADA---When I first met the wonderful American Jewish poet Marge Piercy, she asked me about Shavuot and paper cutting. One way that Ashkenazi Jews beautified their homes for Shavuot was by creating and displaying paper cuttings. Called in Yiddish, shevuoslakh (or shavuosl) and royzalakh (or raizelach) – literally meaning little Shavuots and little roses – the paper cuttings were mounted on windows, so they would be visible both indoors and out. In Judaism, we call this hiddur mitzvah, the beautification of a commandment. [More]