The Seasons Of The Year As A Metaphor

 

Good morning and Boker Tov 🙂

The weather slowly shifts the days are getting short the sunny days hide and the sky dresses in grey cloud suit while good old neighbor winter is knocking at our door.

“Hello”, we say to the distinguished guest noticing we have an encounter with a new phase of the year and offer him hot chocolate or warming tea. While the significant changes during the year named in English as seasons, in Hebrew, the situation is slightly different because the phase of the year chained into a profound metamorphosis. The transformation which is involved in the appearance of the year is so tight, that the season or the period of the year named in Hebrew – Tekufa, from the word Tokef which means validity and hardship and sort of a movement which engaged with sever overcoming.

In the following pictures, we can see two fragments of big mosaic which express this perception. One of them describes the Autumn, in Hebrew Tekufat Tishrei, and the other one represents the spring, in Hebrew Tekufat Nissan. Another two periods which mentioned in that mosaic are Tekufat Tammuz (summertime) and Tekufat Tevet (wintertime) which we host in those days.

Tekufat Tishrei, Autumn  תקופת תשרי The lady holds in her right hand a bunch grapes her eyes are opened like she has seen something else her hair is decorated with a crown of pomegranates and autumn leaves (Hamat Tiberias)

Tekufat Nisan תקופת ניסן springtime, The lady holds in her right hand a beautiful dish filled with pastry, her hair is tied up with strings, while her curls are falling nicely on her neck, new buds are appearing at her left and her eyes are gazing but also attending (Hamat Tiberias)

Happy winter for all 🙂

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Eti Shani was born in Israel and has been teaching Hebrew for more than 10 years with a special focus on Hebrew/Aramaic scriptures, mythology and symbolism.
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