SACRED ORCHARD: Jewish Tree Magic, Myth, and Medicine
art by Sol Weiss & writing by Dori Midnight
SACRED ORCHARD is a collaborative poster project honoring trees in Jewish myth, medicine and magic. With illustrations and design by Sol Weiss and writing by Dori Midnight, this poster series tells stories of 7 trees in Jewish lore: Apple, Cedar, Almond, Willow, Olive, Birch and Pomegranate. These seven trees create a sacred grove in Jewish imagination and in the landscape of our diasporic cultural memory. Orchards can be a site of rest, dreaming, pleasure, healing and connection. Among these trees, you will find ancient rituals and remedies, folk tales, ecological wisdom and seeds of torah. We hope these tree portraits and stories offer a sweet taste of ancestral wisdom and magic.
18” x 24”
Thank you to Sadie Gold Shapiro, Rabbi Noam Lerman, Julian Gonzalez, Rebecca Michelson and Haneen Abo Soad for translations in Yiddish, Ladino, Russian and Arabic. Thank you to Binya Kóatz for the teaching on Rabbi Yochanan & pomegranate.