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Jewish Art for the Soul

"I believe with perfect faith that G‑d knows all of man's deeds and thoughts. It is thus written, 'He has molded every heart together, He understands what each one does (Psalm 33:15).'" - Maimonides' Principles of Faith

“This time I will thank G‑d.” (Genesis 29:35)

Judah, Leah’s fourth son, was named for her gratitude. The tribe of Judah, which is the tribe of royalty, embodies the quality of gratitude and humility—the ability to acknowledge one’s wrongdoings, as well as one’s position as a recipient of blessings. The quality of humility is an essential characteristic of a leader who leads from a position of receptivity rather than power. This painting looks down the winding way from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea, from an abundant foreground that places us amid grapevines, olive trees and wheat—three of the seven species of the Land of Israel. The spaciousness of the landscape reflects the spaciousness of our own hearts, which are gratefully prepared to acknowledge the bountiful blessings in our lives. And it is with this humility that we access our own leadership qualities and can move forward with strength.

The warm browns of the desert sands of Judah’s land reflect the gemstone of carbuncle (or garnet).

created as a wedding present, this art symbolizes the bond between the husband and wife: together they can withstand any storm life may bring. The leaves are blowing in the wind, but the two hearts are always together.

Text of Psalms 23 painted with a symbolic valley in the background.

A little bit of a mysterious panorama of Jerusalem, which conveys the feeling of a heavenly city.

Ruth was so dedicated to her mother-in-law, Naomi, and to G‑d, that she did not want to go back to Moab, rather to go with Naomi to Bethlehem, as shown in this famous passage (which is the inspiration for my painting).

I have depicted Ruth clinging to Naomi, her mother-in-law, in the desert, on the way to Bethlehem. Ruth says to Naomi, ‘Do not urge me to leave you. Wherever you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people are my people, and your G‑d is my G‑d’. (Ruth 1:16)

Ruth is collecting left-over barley at harvest time in order to provide for herself and Naomi, her mother-in-law, with whom she lived in Bethlehem.

Gleaning is the act of collecting leftover crops from farmers’ fields after they have been harvested.

According to the of the Torah, farmers should leave the corners of their fields unharvested, and they should not attempt to pick up that which was dropped or harvest any left-overs that had been forgotten when they had harvested the majority of a field. These things should be left for the poor, for strangers, widows, and orphans.

“This time my husband will be attached to me.” (Genesis 29:34)

The attachment that Leah describes in naming her third son, Levi, is embodied in the tribe’s quality of service. The tribe of Levi is dedicated to G‑d in their service in the Sanctuary, working together for the good of all to express devotion to the One Above. The painting invites us to step down into the courtyard of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem—to join in the service. Our eye is drawn to the menorah in the center, which was cast from one solid piece of gold. The flames of the menorah were said to point towards the middle flame. At the center of our service of G‑d is our unity as a nation. Together, as one, we are dedicated to our higher purpose: the holy task of lighting up the world.

The green hues of the painting reflect the gemstone of the tribe of Levi, green agate.

The moment of candle lighting is one of deep reflection. An expressive exploration of the mood of this special time.

Inspired by the Parsha Bereshit. In the beginning there was the Tree of life rooting itself around Torah surrounded by vessels of light to transform us.

Text of Samuel Chapter 1.

I painted this when my mom passed as I thought about her soul’s journey I thought about the shin emanating rays of golden light as her soul rose on high like the wings of a dove.

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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