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Jewish Art for the Soul

On Rosh Hashanah it's traditional to eat pomegranate.

The blowing of the Shofar, a call to our souls.

Every speck of dust, every stone, every inanimate object in this world, has a soul.

Jewish tradition teaches that the pomegranate is a symbol of righteousness because it is said to have 613 seeds, which corresponds with the 613 mitzvot, or commandments, of the Torah. For this reason and others, it is customary to eat pomegranates on Rosh Hashanah. Moreover, the pomegranate represents fruitfulness, knowledge, learning and wisdom.

Teacher and student connecting over words of Torah.

To me, the candles seem like giant rockets, waiting for the count-down. But, instead of lighting them from below, I imagined a point of ignition from above, where they might be set off by a friendly train of stars, flying in from an open window.

What does it mean? Maybe that Shabbat is cleared for lift-off in 5...4...3...2...1...!

G‑d has judged me and also listened to my voice.” (Genesis 30:6)

Rachel named the first child of her nursemaid Bilhah, Dan, a name that embodies the quality of justice. Judgment and justice are about setting boundaries and maintaining objectivity to avoid confusion. Civilization rests on the justice of its laws and its ability to draw clear lines between right and wrong. This painting of Gush Dan, in the Tel Aviv area, shows the natural boundary between sea and land with space for a city to spring up and come into focus. We see the land and water, city and sky, the memory of the past and the glimmerings of a future. The tribe of Dan, the last tribe to travel in the nation’s desert encampment formation, had the task of collecting any items left behind. They are the ones who navigate the boundaries and, while maintaining distinctions, weave together an objective and just point of view.

The unique quality of opal is in its interplay of colors. The tribe of Dan’s gemstone is reflected in the milky haze above the city in the distant horizon, in shimmering water, and in the homes that are scattered beneath us.

It is customary for a newly-married woman to start lighting two Shabbat candles: one for her and one for her husband. The first time she lights two is a very emotional, moment signifying that now they are two joined flames.

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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