I am currently working on The House of Awe & Repentance Café, an art installation that The New Shul will be presenting in September in an empty storefront in the Village. I will be doing a wall piece behind the “bar” on which there will be many postcards with small excerpts of text on them. What I want to include is parts of little stories where people have either learned something or have realized they made a mistake and need to make amends of some kind. The project is connected with the Days of Awe, or the period between the Jewish New Year and the Fast of during which one is meant to reflect on life during the previous year and resolve all conflicts, forgive all debts and slights, and also ask forgiveness of others if you decide you may have hurt someone in any way. It would be a great help to me if you would send me any brief story you can in the next couple of weeks so that I might include it in the piece.
The stories can be humorous or serious, the full spectrum of perceived imbalance in human relationship is interesting to me. It would also be nice if the story is written as if addressed to someone. I will change any names unless you tell me you have already done it, so the stories will be anonymous. (If you want me to use the real names, I can do that too, just let me know). I hope you will take a few moments to reflect and send me a personal anecdote. I think the result will be really interesting and I will send you more information about the event as it approaches. And if you are too far away to visit, I will send you pictures.
With great appreciation and thanks for your efforts,
How to leave a message:
1. post it in the comment section and get the conversation of forgiveness rolling
2. email it to the office and put For Karen in the subject line
3. email the office for Karen's direct email address
Tuesday, August 18, 2009