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Jewish Art for the Soul

Women dance on Friday night to greet Shabbat.

"When the Holy One, blessed be He, came to reveal the Torah on Sinai, the mountains ran about and contended with each other, each claiming, 'The Torah shall be revealed on me.'“(Midrash Rabba Genesis 99:1)

"Dialogue of the Mountains" presents a window into the strife among the mountains as they vie amongst themselves from one canvas to another. In this triptych the mountain ranges come forward and recede into the distance, in the throes of a primal experience. The colors, hot and passionate, flow and intermingle, while the air seems to crackle with anticipation. A group of people, contemplating the unfolding drama, create a sense of proportion to the looming mountains. Man 's smallness before the forces of nature is a theme portrayed extensively in Chinese and Japanese art, however the Midrash takes the lesson a step further. Not a mountain of might, but a humble mount (free of idol worship) was chosen—a symbol not only of man's smallness but also how nature itself is subservient to G‑d.

A Torah scroll is made up of 304,805 letters. If even one letter is missing or incomplete it renders the entire scroll invalid. This concept serves as a metaphor for the Jewish people; for our nation to be complete each one of us is necessary.

During the summer of Operation Protective Edge there was a small art show in our neighborhood titled "Spiritual Defense", and the painting featured here was my contribution. It was my hope, that my portrayal of the scribe writing a letter in a Torah scroll would inspire every Jew, wherever he or she may be, to purchase a letter in the Unity Torah Scroll.

An additional torah scroll is being written especially for children in the Old City of Jerusalem, and each child that purchases a letter receives a personalized certificate.

Imagine if every single Jewish child, regardless of their affiliation within the Jewish community, would have a letter in this scroll, the certificate, a prized possession, hanging in their room, connecting them to Jewish children all over the world. What a show of unity! And what a profound message to our children.

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

Art for the Soul is a joint project of the Creative Soul and Chabad.org. Curated by Rabbi Yitzchok Moully.

"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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