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Jewish Art for the Soul

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!

I drew this before Rosh Hashanah, inspired by a beautiful rimon (pomegranate) growing on a tree in Jerusalem, representing the vibrancy and excitement of re-connecting with G‑d in anticipation of the High Holidays.

The soldier in Israel faithfully guards and protects the Holy Land with his life, as he connects to and puts his faith in G‑d.

This prayer of peace is said every day in the Amidah. It is wrapped around the dove. Her wings are spread so she may fly around the world to spread a prayer of peace for all. In her mouth is a golden olive branch with 12 leaves to represent the 12 tribes. The background is a vibrant mosaic to represent the Jews of all backgrounds. We are all connected to one another by our shared heritage. The eye is a globe to represent the world is watching.

The letters spilling down from Heaven to mankind symbolizes the blessings from the fountain of life, the Creator.

G‑d created the world with words, “G‑d said: ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light...etc.” And He continues to recreate it constantly with those same words.

A new Torah Scroll is brought into the synagogue accompanied by music and joyous dancing. Two more Torah scrolls are taken out of the ark to join in with the celebrations.

I used bold and brilliant colors to depict the light and beauty of the Temple within and without.

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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