Monday, July 16, 2018

Frustrated with verbal descriptions, my kid wanted a picture of "what a hobbit really looks like," so I drew a quick Bilbo in my journal. Note I clearly have no idea how a pipe works.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Article in The Spectator



I'm late to post this, but here it is! It's nervewracking to be interviewed, let alone videoed, but Emma Reilly was extremely kind and thoughtful. It was a good experience even just for this reason, to see someone skilled in their craft.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

buckling up child and Torah in the car


Wednesday afternoon, delivering the Torah scroll I wrote after computer proofreading, to Congregation Shaarei Shamayim in Madison, Wisconsin. I was delighted by a warm welcome and an evening of Torah and discussion with the community.

I was also lucky to pick up a copy of Taking Flight, a book by local Madisonian Michael Edmonds about the relationship between birds and humans in the Midwest. I'm particularly interested in this subject as a student of humane, tiny/occasional-scale shehitah, but the book will fascinate anyone with a passing interest in birds or ecology.

Monday, June 18, 2018


Reading the third aliyah today from the Torah I wrote, with the unerring Victor and Philip as gabbaim.


Shaking hands with our weekday minyanaires a.k.a the most incredible people possible.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Sheepie Invitation


I was handed a marker and a piece of scrap paper and asked to quickly draw something for our five-year-old's birthday party invitation. For the occasion the birthday child wishes to dress up as a sheep. In the background is one of our running bookshelves, with some herbs drying on strings.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Birkon design


This is for a birkon for my stepson Shelomoh, who is nearing bar mitsvah. It is made up according to his enchanting specifications: birds, a crown, initials in pomegranates, background as red as a stop sign. Since I have trouble distinguishing many hues (there is a reason most of my art is monochrome), I had to rely on the paint tube label ("brilliant red") for the last request in his list; lately I have been told that many of the clothes I thought were red are in fact some kind of orange or coral.