Recipe for Liberation

"First make the vision and allow it to simmer until all the right relationships are made. Gently combine outspokenness and righteousness with care and joy. Stirring constantly, add decisive leadership. Knead love and closeness until smooth. Roll out support on a foundation of trust. Cut the drama and bring the rough edges together in a well-organized plan with a heaping tablespoon of boldness. A pinch of chutzpah will ensure a tight seal, but leave a small gap of flexibility in the center to allow steam to escape. Brush with a topping of humanity and bake until firm."

A new ritual object, the Purim flag, was created when Esther/Vashti flags were given out at Ma'yan's (The Jewish Women's Project) pre-Purim celebrations in 2000 and 2001 in New York City. People waved the flags at Purim services whenever the women were mentioned in the reading of the Megillah (Book of Esther). Because of Esther's bravery, the Jews of Shushan were liberated. My Purim flag is a homage to Jewish women's leadership both in the home and in the world at large.

Recipe for Liberation
© Beth Grossman 2001
25" x 13" x 2"
Mixed media on rolling pin