From the artist: This series of animations represents my personal journey in a complicated relationship with Judaism. I spent my life gravitating towards, and making, narrative art that explores the human condition from a psychological, philosophical, and existential perspective. While Judaism offers thousands of years of wisdom on the human condition, I avoided it as a source because of what I perceived to be its preachy and sometimes judgmental tone.
I became filled with questions about how much my Jewish heritage had influenced how I was raised, how I behaved, how I thought, and even who I was as a person and an artist. What I discovered was a wealth of wisdom that was just sitting, waiting to be mined. Within the Jewish texts were crucial teachings and lessons that applied as much to our contemporary lives as they did when they were written. By avoiding the Jewish writings because of their religious nature and tone, I was missing out on thousands of years of deep thought and study on the human condition itself. I had thrown the baby out with the bath water, for lack of a better analogy.
This led me to my current project: combining thousands of years of Jewish wisdom on topics such as repentance, forgiveness, gratitude, love, fear, humility, and others, with my artmaking (i.e. animations of my Israeli nuclear physicist father and me, having arguments). The goal of this series of animated shorts is to distill these relevant and very human Jewish teachings in a vehicle that is accessible, entertaining, funny, and fresh.