October 8, 2014 The Chronicle Herald:


...Her first book of poetry, Reaching Beyond Ourselves: Leading a Spiritual, Peaceful and Diverse World ($25, Top Publishing House), placed first in the Hollywood based...International Competition... Ruby's own verse recalls the humanism and mysticism of William Blake.

...Such lines are earnest, won from trials:

Ruby was born in Ukraine, then emigrated to Israel, and is now a Haligonian. 

Ruby's reminiscences about her life in

multicultural Israel and her celebration

of Jewish heritage are impassioned:

"Jewish people of strong and true faith/

Always try to give to the world/More

goodness than they take from it./It's

called in Hebrew 'Tikun Olam,' healing

the world."

While Ruby's verses are likely better

thought songs, her own art -- paintings

and/or photographs -- are quite compelling, very beautiful.

She has added to the visual power of her

book by choosing well images by Forrestall

and Silverberg -- and by Natan Nevo

and Frank Kravetz, two other European-

born artists who, like Ruby, have

made themselves homes in Halifax.

Their works are also very fine.

Ruby's prize-winning book deserves appreciation,

for her articulation of her

heartfelt beliefs and for her presentation

of her impressive art and that of others".

George Elliott Clarke (Former Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate)

 

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