The very essence of what I understand art, in its positive sense, to be, is a creative process of exposing content and form together. This is art--not merely an expression of content within traditional and accepted forms, rather the creation of new forms which are needed to express content which is new. This, I believe is also the essence of Torah, whose purpose is not the acquisition of knowledge, even Divine knowledge--within the man as he is, but rather the transformation of man through his internalization of Divine knowledge (Torah)--the creation of a new self. Thus it is apt to express Torah is art-making, where the creation of the art and the art piece itself are the actualization of the self, the creation of a new self in consort with the teaching of the Holy Torah.
October 26th, 2013
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