“Why letters?” A calligrapher’s artist statement.
We’re Jewish. Letters are important to us. For the last 2000 years, every Jew learned how to read when they were three. Hebrew letters are all around us from day one, no matter where we grow up. In Jewish mysticism, letters are considered to be kind of the atoms of creation. It is said that if one letter should disappear from the alphabeth, the world would collapse. We are עם הספר, “the people of the book”. And so even though most Jews don’t speak Hebrew, almost all of them read it. Them, and their parents, and their parents’ parents. And so on until the times of the first temple.
So what would make more sense than letting letters express Jewish identity?