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Jewish Art for the Soul

Old Doors in Jerusalem

February 14, 2018

"If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget [its skill]." (Psalms 137:5)

Psalms and Palm Trees

February 11, 2018

Psalms chapter one with palm trees in white, black, and red.

Magical Forest Inspired by Anne Frank

February 7, 2018

“I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that remains.” - Anne Frank

12 Tribes of Israel: Joseph - The Sufferer

February 4, 2018

“May G‑d grant me another son.” (Genesis 30:24)

Joseph was Rachel’s first child, born after many years of waiting. The name Joseph indicates adding, embracing, and gathering. This painting shows us Joseph's tomb, the center of which is a gaping black hole. And yet, the area is surrounded by golden sheaves of wheat, representing Joseph as the sustainer and resilient leader of his family and of his nation. The dark cavity of the tomb and the path are illuminated by the nourishing, golden wheat, symbols of our strength to transform pain into spiritual growth and light. In the background are two mountains, Mt. Gerizim and Mt. Evel: Gerizim, which is lush and green, was the mountain of blessings; Evel, which is barren, is the mountain of curses. Seen side by side, they ask the viewer to think about suffering and flourishing, and to look to the righteous Joseph for an example of the transformation of which we are capable.

The darkness that pulls us into the center of this painting reflects the tribe of Joseph's gemstone onyx.

"Rimon" - Pomegranate

January 31, 2018

The pomegranate contains the Hebrew blessing we say before eating a fruit that grows on a tree. The pomegranate is listed in the torah as one of the seven species (shivat haminim) of fruits and grains that are special products of the Land of Israel.

Tu B'Shevat Pomegranate

January 28, 2018

Every Jew is full of mitzvot like a pomegranate is full of seeds.

12 Tribes of Israel: Asher - The Prosperous One

January 21, 2018

“Because of my good fortune, because women have called me fortunate.” (Genesis 30:13)

Leah named Zilpah’s second child Asher, which indicates an abundance of fortune and joy. Asher embodies the kind of happiness that comes from prosperity, from having more than what is needed for survival. This painting invites us to join in a luxurious late afternoon feast of fruit - to enjoy the bounty of the Land. The seven species of the Land of Israel - wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates - are laid before us, and the land spread out beneath us is lush and productive. The land of the tribe of Asher, along the northwest coast of Israel, was known for its olive trees and oil, which represent prosperity.

The fresh blue color of the tribe’s gemstone, aquamarine, is reflected in the sky and in the Mediterranean Sea, which shines in the distant horizon.

Portrait of the Previous Rebbe

January 21, 2018

Portrait of the Previous Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson, of righteous memory, made with watercolor.

Tapestry: Land of Milk and Honey

January 17, 2018

Israel is referred to as a “land of milk and honey” multiple times in the Torah. See the milk jugs on the right and the date palms on the left—the honey Israel is known to refer to date honey. The abundance of all good things comes from natural rivers and wellsprings, as well as water desalinization for which modern Israel is famous.

R' Yitzhak Kaduri

January 14, 2018

Mixed Media Hamsa

January 10, 2018

The Beauty of the Shabbat Table

January 7, 2018

Shabbat shalom!

Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem

January 3, 2018
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"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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