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Couple Aims to Fill Void of Modern Art for Jewish Kids

While Yossi and Tal Belkin were expecting their first child, they scoured the World Wide Web for all things baby, and pinned away their days full of adorableness on all fronts but one: modern art for Jewish kids. They were shocked to find a gaping hole in such a modern art-centric world.

Yossi, a graphic designer by trade, realized that if he wanted to find the genre he was looking for, he would have to create it himself.

“As a graphic designer, and soon-to-be dad, I had been working on branding projects ranging from hipster BBQ joints to Fortune 500 companies. A lover of art and all things creative, I jumped on the baby-art-making bandwagon and decided to conjure up some of my own designs,” said Yossi.

“When I was young I heard a tale of a sacred man, a sneaky fox, and a frightened fish. Rabbi Akiva lived during the times of the Roman Empire, a time when the study of Torah was punishable by death. Once, when asked by his students why he wasn’t afraid to continue his learning, he responded with a parable: A hungry fox was walking through the forest when he happened upon a stream filled with fish swimming to and fro. When the fox learned the fish were swimming from the nets of men trying to catch them for food, he decided to give his cunning a shot and sat down at the river bed to chat with the fish. ‘If you come out here onto dry land we can live together in peace and harmony.’ Said the fish to the fox ‘You’re not quite as smart as they say. At least in the stream we have a chance at survival, but a fish could never live out of water!’

“The world may offer solace and comfort to us now in a myriad of modern ways, but a Jew could never live without Torah. And surely, a Jewish child could not thrive without it,” Yossi explained.

And thus was born Fox & Fish, the ‘little Jewish print shop’ where all things baby – from onesies to framed artwork and lots more – can be purchased for your little bundle of joy.

The Belkins say they are working hard on getting a larger selection of products, including canvas prints, more framed artwork and clothing.

Click here for more information or to shop at Fox & Fish.

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#1 Comment By Chani On February 11, 2015 @ 12:55 pm

Brilliant! May Hashem bless you with success. Love, love the concept. Great products.
can’t wait to give my new baby gifts

#2 Comment By Great stuff On February 11, 2015 @ 1:08 pm

Only recommendation is many families are very into only showing children kosher animals. An owl saying shema may not be allowed in many homes.

#3 Comment By Shlomo On February 11, 2015 @ 1:41 pm

Adorable. So happy there’s finally somewhere to get adorable art for Jewish children!

#4 Comment By Cute! On February 11, 2015 @ 2:35 pm

But pls do kosher animals!

#5 Comment By Fox&Fish On February 11, 2015 @ 2:59 pm

Thanks! We have a lot of ideas in the works including many only Kosher Animal options! Keep checking back at http://www.foxandfish.com

#6 Comment By Citizen Berel On February 11, 2015 @ 3:15 pm

This is very special.

I always think about voids and not long ago I considered the gaping void in Jewish childlife — modern art.

#7 Comment By Chana On February 11, 2015 @ 3:32 pm

Great idea and so needed! The artwork is beautiful and so reasonably priced!

#8 Comment By Hate to be that guy On February 11, 2015 @ 5:02 pm

I love the idea and modern art, but the clothing are extremely expensive.
Need to get better resourcing.

#9 Comment By Lots of Hatzlacha On February 11, 2015 @ 6:34 pm

Remember what the Rebbe said about children only seeing kosher pictures & kosher animals

#10 Comment By super fan On February 12, 2015 @ 1:19 am

may you be bentched with success and many employees

#11 Comment By Artist On February 12, 2015 @ 6:33 am

From an artist’s perspective, this guy is real good.

Artists among us need to be pulled out of their caves.

Just whats with that davening monster. Is that a yetzer hara? (oh, I see, he’s doing tshuva).

And the one-eyed tzedaka alien from Mars… (ken Eyin Hara)

And the traifa whale (oh, its a kosher Livyathan)

#12 Comment By what do u advice? On February 12, 2015 @ 1:26 pm

I read in the a chassidishe derher, or the moshiach weekly. I dont remember which one, that the rebbe said that cartoons need to be realistic. Ex: dont draw a nose thats to big.

In my opinion, the the pictures of torah, tefillah and tzedakkah the cartoons looks like a disgrace to be holding a siddur for example, since the pictures are not realistic , or the horns. It reminds me of pictures germans drew to make fun of yidden.

#13 Comment By Artist On February 12, 2015 @ 10:09 pm

Relax, dude, Yetzer Hara is davening for once, don’t spoil it!