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Jewish Art for the Soul

When I visited Israel, I was struck by the powerful image of IDF soldiers praying together at the wall with their firearms close by. I could feel the emotion without even seeing their faces. I could only imagine what was going through their minds on a daily basis as they ponder the enormity of their responsibilities. As I hear about so much violence in the world, I think about the Israeli soldiers at the wall and hope that their prayers will be answered soon. When I look at my painting, I feel as if I'm standing with them in prayer.

"And rebuild Jerusalem the holy city speedily in our days."

The person in the painting is leaving the darkness and entering the light. The light emanates from the menorah, which is a painting of an authentic, ancient lamp found in excavations in Israel.

The painting symbolizes the search for meaning. Inside the ancient Jewish symbols we can find spiritual meaning for our current lives.

Happy Chanukah!

On Chanukah, the lights in every Jewish home are illuminated. Their glow promotes a sense of peace and celebration, and serve as a reminder to see the miracles in everyday life. The remind us of why we are here, on a deeper and more G‑dly level. We bring the Divine light down to earth to illuminate our hearts, our homes and our world.

This painting of the Baal HaTanya, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, first Chabad Rebbe and author of the Chassic text, The Tanya, was inspired during a 2 year intensive Tanya study course for women, taught by Rabbi Shlomo Sabbah in Melbourne, Australia.

"Bless me with peace, angels of peace..." (Shabbat hymn)

When a Jew learns Torah, it draws G‑d's glory down into the world.

This image brings together experiences, memories and imaginings from my travels across Israel during my Birthright-sponsored trip.

Prominent among the many elements in this painting are Masada, Herzl’s tomb atop Mount Herzl, Old Jerusalem with the Western Wall, elements from Yad Vashem, the view surrounding Mount Bental in the Golan Heights, scenes from the Negev desert, and the group with which I travelled. There are also imagined scenes from the history of Jewish resistance to Roman rule and the Yom Kippur War, and symbolic responses to the testimony of Sigmund, a holocaust survivor and modern patriarch who shared his experiences.

NOTE:
1. Click the painting to see a larger, more detailed version.
2. Click here to view an accompanying guide to the places and events included.

This piece of art is my take on my favorite Biblical verse, "...bracha ad bli dai." May all our lives overflow with blessings!

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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