Like Baybayin, a pre-Spanish Philippine writing system, the Hebrew alphabet was originally written using a pictographic script. Hear Christian Cabuay, artist and author of “An Introduction to Baybayin” and Julie Seltzer, Torah Scribe-in-Residence at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, share their perspectives on these two writing systems.
Some questions to ponder as you watch:
- Can writing forms reveal information about belief systems? How so?
- Can writing be considered an art form? Why or why not?
- What are the similarities and differences between these two writing forms and that of languages you are familiar with?
- Can you make any additional connections?
Check out the conversation over at the Contemporary Jewish Museum: cjmvoices.blogspot.com
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