Entertaining the Sacred
(ו) וְהָיָ֤ה לָכֶם֙ לְמִשְׁמֶ֔רֶת עַ֣ד אַרְבָּעָ֥ה עָשָׂ֛ר י֖וֹם לַחֹ֣דֶשׁ הַזֶּ֑ה וְשָׁחֲט֣וּ אֹת֗וֹ כֹּ֛ל קְהַ֥ל עֲדַֽת־יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל בֵּ֥ין הָעַרְבָּֽיִם׃
(6) You shall keep watch over it until the fourteenth day of this month; and all the assembled congregation of the Israelites shall slaughter it at twilight.


This collage is in response to “Safeguarding the Sacred” in which a sacrificial goat is tied to a bed for safekeeping the night before the Angel of Death is due to arrive.

I decided to make an updated version by placing the goat in a contemporary bedroom with accompanying features. Therefore, the goat is watching a movie on a flat-screen television. Egypt is represented by the wallpaper design. The question of what the goat should be watching was answered when I thought about shows that are broadcast at that time of year and settled on “The Ten Commandments.”

While the goat is watching the movie, the Sea of Reeds (Red Sea) is dividing outside his window. Since he is being electronically entertained, there is no fear that he will try to escape and the goat is not tied to the bed.