David’s guide to the creative process, THE ARTIST’S TORAH, is an uplifting and down-to-earth guide to the creative process, wide open to longtime artists and first-time dabblers, to people of every religious background—or none—and to every creative medium. In this book, you’ll find a year-long cycle of weekly meditations on a life lived artistically, grounded in ancient Jewish wisdom and the wisdom of artists, composers, writers, and choreographers from the past and present. You’ll explore the nature of the creative process—how it begins, what it’s for, what it asks of you, how you work your way to truth and meaning, what you do when you get blocked, what you do when you’re done—and encounter questions that will help you apply the meditations to your own life and work. Above all, The Artist’s Torah teaches us that creativity is a natural and important part of the human spirit, a bright spark that, week after week, this book will brighten.
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“With graceful interpretive understanding, Ebenbach rises to the challenge and finds meaning for a creative life.”
-Bonnie Beth Chernin, Lilith
“Although the theological approach to this book might suggest weightiness, the effect is entirely uplifting—motivational and inspiring. This is a book for those artists who live a creative life driven by spirituality; it is a practical guide, a source of enrichment, and a means of creating understanding and community. It is also an affirmation that art and creativity need not be limited to the lauded few, an affirmation that the creative process may be the domain of anyone who exercises it.”
-Adele Kenny, Tiferet
“The freshness of Ebenbach’s approach is set off by his meticulous scholarship and depth of analysis, and by his clean, sure writing style. Why it works: The connections Ebenbach draws between scripture and the artist’s life are both surprising and spot-on.”
-Jill Jepson, Writing a Sacred Path; The Artist’s Torah selected as one of 2012’s four “best books on writing and spirituality.”
“[Ebenbach’s] insights will inspire artists and non-artists alike to open themselves to the Torah text and the creative impulses found within us all.”
-Rabbi Rachel Esserman, The Reporter Group
“David Ebenbach offers stunning glimpses into the dynamics of the creative soul.”
-Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, Beth-El Zedeck (from the Foreword to the book)
“This original, eloquent, clear, and practical book is a commentary, a memoir, and a how-to manual for the aspiring artist; it is a motivational treatise and a treasury of sage quotations.”
-Lori Lefkovitz, Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of English, Northeastern University
“The Talmud notes that the Torah is a ‘shira,’ a song or a poem—artistic, crafted, deliberate, and beautiful. David Harris Ebenbach opens our eyes and exposes our hearts to the artfulness of the Torah hiding in plain view. The Torah that emerges from his gentle reading rewards the reader with deep wisdom and exquisite beauty.”
-Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, author of The Bedside Torah; Vice President, American Jewish University
“Ebenbach is a learned interpreter of the Bible, steeped in the literature of both traditional, Jewish interpretation, and the musings on the artistic process from self-reflective artists. His insightful readings of Scripture are profound and moving, spurring his readers both to align themselves with creative forces and to regard Biblical texts in fresh and inspiring ways.”
-Rabbi Jacob J. Staub, Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Spirituality, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College