WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Blu Greenberg strove to break gender barriers and redefine what it means to be a modern Orthodox Jewish woman. Here she shares her experience of harmonizing feminism with Orthodox Judaism. In the quotation, Greenberg makes a Biblical reference to tasting the fruit of the tree of knowledge.
What kind of “knowledge” is associated with the tree of knowledge in the biblical story?
Why was there no “going back” for Greenberg? What had changed after she tasted the “fruit of the tree of knowledge”?
Have you been exposed to knowledge that changed your perspective and showed you that “there was no going back”?
WHAT DO YOU SEE?
Each image calls out to us to examine it, to note our thoughts and feelings, and relate these impressions to the quotation. Often clues in the artwork suggest meaning and invite interpretation.
Designer Henry Steiner employs the images of Sir Isaac Newton and the apple to illustrate Greenberg’s words.
How does the image present the quotation? Was this how you interpreted the quotation without the image?
Why do you think the artist decided to make Sir Isaac’s face and signature prominent?
What special connection does the apple have to both the quotation and the image? What is suggested by the fact that the apple actually covers Sir Isaac’s face?
What other images of knowledge could have been employed to depict Greenberg’s quotation?
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