Purim Masquerade, Mordecai


“Mordecai, what a mensch, What a good guy.”

Mordecai was Queen Esther’s cousin who raised her when she was orphaned. He saved King Ahasueras’s life and urged Esther to alert the King to Haman’s plot.



Purim Masquerade, Haman

Haman art

“Haman, BOO! Haman, BOO!”

Haman was King Ahasuerus’s right hand; a wicked villain who plotted to kill Mordecai and the Jewish people. During the reading of the megillah (‘scroll,’ here referring to the scroll in which the Book of Esther is written) we blot out Haman’s name with boo’s, stomps, and noisemakers. Folklore has it that Haman wore a three cornered hat and that that is why we eat the triangular cookies called hamantaschen on Purim.

I_Haman mask

Making tracks

The winter that I moved from the city to the country, I became preoccupied with the warm glow of windows dotting the dark winter landscape. In each of these windows, I thought, are stories – some of comfort and joy, others of loneliness and despair, all of them nuanced and unique.  The magnitude of these unknowable stories overwhelmed me.


And then I imagined that behind one window lived a bear who had traveled from her apartment in the city to her cabin the country to hibernate. I imagined that this bear woke up one morning to a snow covered landscape and was chuffed at the prospect of experiencing winter for the first time in her life. Then I imagined her discovering how very lonely winter can be without a friend.  Continue reading

The Jacket, jacket

The Jacket (which you can read more about here) is a cleverly conceived, and superbly illustrated meta book in which Book (the protagonist) is discovered and cherished by a girl, but then covered in mud by the girl’s dog, causing Book to be scared and the girl to be mad and sad. But then the girl has an idea: she makes Book a jacket of his very own.

The Jacket_Jacket and cover

The jacket of The Jacket is the jacket made by the girl for Book, and the cover of The Jacket is Book himself. To complete this meta book, at the end of The Jacket are illustrated instructions on how to make your own book with a jacket, which we have done below with one alternation – instead of using a book, we used a notebook, with the idea of making our own book.

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