Rabbi Batsheva Appel's Benediction for Yom HaShoah 5777
A dear friend, finding herself at loose ends this year, took a class in drawing. She never thought of herself as artistic, never took any art classes, and putting pencil to paper to create an image of something is still a type of mysterious alchemy to her. She explained to me that drawing is all about seeing things. Her first class the instructor started the students drawing a still life immediately and the only thing the instructor said to her was, “what is the darkest part of the apple slice?” He was prompting her to see what was in front of her, to pay attention to the details that we do not always notice, and to try to translate that to paper with pencil. Art has changed way that my friend looks at the world.