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Jewish Art for the Soul

Ruth is collecting left-over barley at harvest time in order to provide for herself and Naomi, her mother-in-law, with whom she lived in Bethlehem.

Gleaning is the act of collecting leftover crops from farmers’ fields after they have been harvested.

According to the of the Torah, farmers should leave the corners of their fields unharvested, and they should not attempt to pick up that which was dropped or harvest any left-overs that had been forgotten when they had harvested the majority of a field. These things should be left for the poor, for strangers, widows, and orphans.

“This time my husband will be attached to me.” (Genesis 29:34)

The attachment that Leah describes in naming her third son, Levi, is embodied in the tribe’s quality of service. The tribe of Levi is dedicated to G‑d in their service in the Sanctuary, working together for the good of all to express devotion to the One Above. The painting invites us to step down into the courtyard of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem—to join in the service. Our eye is drawn to the menorah in the center, which was cast from one solid piece of gold. The flames of the menorah were said to point towards the middle flame. At the center of our service of G‑d is our unity as a nation. Together, as one, we are dedicated to our higher purpose: the holy task of lighting up the world.

The green hues of the painting reflect the gemstone of the tribe of Levi, green agate.

The moment of candle lighting is one of deep reflection. An expressive exploration of the mood of this special time.

Inspired by the Parsha Bereshit. In the beginning there was the Tree of life rooting itself around Torah surrounded by vessels of light to transform us.

Text of Samuel Chapter 1.

I painted this when my mom passed as I thought about her soul’s journey I thought about the shin emanating rays of golden light as her soul rose on high like the wings of a dove.

The sefirot represent the 10 lenses through which G‑d’s characteristics manifest in our world.

Notice the 3 columns. The dark blue on the right connects to the element of water or (expansion). The left column, the red, connects to fire (contraction) and the middle connects to air (harmony). The white strands are the pathways of communication between the sefirot.

May this be the beginning of your journey with the Tree of Life. May this ancient Kabbalistic map guide you to higher truth and reveal a myriad of pathways to connect to the Almighty.

The warm glow of shabbat candles always brings with it the smell of challah and chicken soup, laughter and family.

A colorful expression of some of the rich impressions of the land of Israel. The tree represents our deep roots in the land, the wall it's ancient strength, and the myriad colors of the sunset as they fade into the rivers of color layers of desert.

Freshness of the Jordan River and mount Hermon.

The search for chametz.

“Because G‑d heard.” (Genesis 29:33)

Leah’s second son, Simeon, embodies the quality of hearing. The tribe of Simeon did not receive its own portion in the Land of Israel because of their aggressive role in destroying the city of Shechem (see Genesis 34), an act for which Jacob chastised them on his deathbed. This painting takes us to the portion within Judah’s land in the south that was allocated to Simeon. We are looking out over the crater Machtesh Ramon. The crater is harsh and aggressive with its fortress-like walls, but it is also an opening. In order to stem the harsher aspects of our internal and interpersonal landscapes, we need to create space, to let down our barriers and truly listen. In doing so, we create the possibility for harmonious community (in the foreground), and expansive possibility as we look out into the horizon, into the future.

The reddish-orange of the crater’s sand reflects the warmth of the tribe of Simeon’s gemstone, topaz.

Creative works exploring life and Judaism composed by a spectrum of Jewish artists.

"The primary talent of an artist is his ability to step away from the externalities of the thing and, disregarding its outer form, gaze into its innerness and perceive its essence, and to be able to convey this in his painting.This is how an artist can serve his Creator." — The Rebbe


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