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Jewish Art for the Soul

By Rivka Nehorai

Etching
Etching

Artist's Statement: For this piece, my mind looks to the poetic words of my husband, the Pop Chassid, Elad Nehorai, to elevate it (and us) to another realm:

"With those simple black straps and boxes, it reminded them that no matter how insane the world claimed they were, no matter how much they were told that everything they felt and thought was out of sync, was wrong and bizarre and crazy, they would have a sign, an anchor, that reminded them of the truth."

This piece was originally an etching, done by dipping a copper plate into acid, in a building in the middle of the cornfields of Champaign, Illinois, as I started to seriously journey forward in my Judiasm. (Hence, it's signature, my maiden name, M. Felsenthal.)

By Yitzchok Moully

Tree Stump, String, Paper
Tree Stump, String, Paper

Artist's Statement: In the face of the destruction of Hurricane Sandy is there an opportunity for our rebirth and regrowth?

Tu B'Shvat tells us there is always a chance for a new beginning.

I created this art installation from a tree felled by Hurricane Sandy. Anyone on site is welcome to write a prayer, meditation or wish for a new beginning, and attach it to the tree.

Oil on Board
Oil on Board

Artist’s Statement: The painting is divided into four sections which represent the four spiritual worlds: Atzilut, Beriah, Yetzirah and Asiyah.

By Shayna Denburg

Acrylic on Canvas
Acrylic on Canvas

Artist's Statement: There is a pit within us all where a constant battle rages. Our struggle. Finding a space of calm is sometimes the sole purpose.

By Raiza Malka Gilbert

Water Color and Pen on Paper
Water Color and Pen on Paper

Artist’s Statement: One of the mitzvot specific to Jewish women is challah. Depicted here is a small girl watching her mother make challah for Shabbat. She is learning and taking her first steps in understanding what it means to be a Jewish woman.

By Devorah Weinberg

Oil on Canvas
Oil on Canvas

Artist's Statement: I created this work during the pregnancy of my third child. The words of Psalm 27 are written throughout the painting. This Psalm is about faith in G‑d's protection. I thought a lot about this Psalm during that pregnancy. The painting represents a mother's hope, faith and realization that we are dependent on G‑d's mercy for a healthy birth and baby.

Oil on Canvas
Oil on Canvas

Artist’s Statement: When viewing this portrait, one can imagine what it would be like being alone with the Rebbe during a deep, thought-provoking moment. The intention of this piece is to give a personal touch to the public farbrengen experience.

Giclee
Giclee

Artist’s Statement: Miriam had such faith in Hashem! She sent the only gateway to redemption down the river to be taken by literally the daughter of the other side, Pharaoh. Yet she still had faith that G‑d would take care of her brother.

Pen
Pen

Artist's Statement: Breaking out of the shakles of this physical world. Like fish in water we know there is only one way to survive, and there is only one truth, G‑d. It's not a burden, but the greatest of joys. It's not about negating this world, it's about elevating it for a higher purpose.

By Devorah Weinberg

Oil on Canvas
Oil on Canvas

Artist's Statement: This painting is a self portrait yet meant to capture a universal experience. In the painting the light is coming from within the subject rather than surrounding her. This painting is a tribute to the Jewish woman.

By Chezi Gerin

Acrylic on Canvas
Acrylic on Canvas

Artist's Statement: Chezi tries to portray orthodox Jews in a colorful way. The warmth and vibrancy of this community is often veiled by its simple and understated mode of dress. Chezi's paintings make this vibrancy more apparent.

Print
Print

Artist’s Statement: G‑d will split the sea for us!

By David Asher Brook

Oil on Canvas
Oil on Canvas

Artist's Statement: This is a painting I did of the menorah on the last night of Chanukah last year.

By Raiza Malka Gilbert

Watercolor on Paper
Watercolor on Paper

Artist’s Statement: The Rebbe Rashab (fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe) once said that what we understand of the Tanya (the Alter Rebbe’s book of chassidic teachings) is what a goat understands of the moon from staring at it (Shemu'os Vesippurim, by R. Refoel Kahn, vol. 1, p. 96). This image of wonderment resonates with how we all wonder about G‑d and this universe we live in.

By Davora Lilian

Acrylic
Acrylic

Artist's Statement: Inspired by psalm 126, "When The Lord will return the exiles of Zion, we will have been like dreamers". Bright colors, distorted images and Kabbalistic designs are all painted to remind us that some day this world will seem to us as nothing more than a dream. What better place is there to dream than holy Tzfat?

By Yitzchok Moully

Artist’s Statement: “My Cup Runneth Over” is a familiar expression quoted from Torah. And indeed it is true—at least for my life. All we need to do is look around and count our blessings, to see all the wonderful things G‑d has provided for us and the great opportunities we have. Lift your cup and raise a toast—L’chaim to G‑d.

By Rivka Cyprys

Water Color
Water Color

Artist’s Statement: Letting our soul shine through, bringing the light within us out. Look beyond that physical disguise, and see the life. Look within, see beyond. Let G‑d shine through.

Artist’s Statement: This piece speaks volumes of the love Hashem has for each and every person. No matter our flaws, He still loves each and every one of us. Hashem created the world to do good to us and for us to do good to others.

By Sara Seldowitz

Mixed Media
Mixed Media

Artist's Statement: This picture depicts the Torah scroll as a map, alluding to the fact that its teachings are a personal guide for inner peace, as well as the divine map for global peace.

Mixed Media
Mixed Media

Artist's Statement: Although our lives are permeated with questions, the answer is provided in a single word: emunah, faith. Emunah is our test; the clarity offered by emunah hides its face, obscuring itself within the creations of the world around it. It can be faintly made out in the distractions around us, but it is there for us to find.

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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