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Jewish Art for the Soul

Artist’s Statement: This is the Hebrew text of Psalms Chapter 3 in a sunny rose garden.

Artist’s Statement: The Song of the Sea (Exodus 15:1–21) is the song of victory the Israelites sang after their salvation at the Red Sea. The song is recited daily in the morning Shacharit service.

Artist’s Statement: This work is a personal reflection about the suffering and tribulation of the Jewish people, and the faith that never abandons us.

I don't plan my artwork. I begin with a general idea and see where things go. I hope that Jewish tribulation is close to its end.

Artist’s Statement: Painted in a way where the creation evolves and changes, what began as a landscape on two panels grew into this image of a menorah emanating light and color over six canvases. The fiery raw sienna and umber are countered by blues and greens that temper the fire. The light that shines within also evokes the image of the burning bush.

Artist’s Statement: "A little bit of light dispels a lot of darkness." - Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812)

Artist’s Statement: This painting began life some twenty-five years ago as part of a series of landscapes featuring Jerusalem. Dominated by shades of brown, sienna and gold, the warmth of these earth tones suggested something of the city's ancient Biblical history. Over the years, layers of paint were added but the painting remained lifeless until a menorah was added. The menorah embedded in the heart of Jerusalem finally gave the painting a sense of completion. Lit up, Jerusalem came back to life.

When the holy Temple stood, the light of the menorah (a visible sign of the supernatural light of the Shechinah) emanated from the windows which were uniquely constructed to let light out, rather than in. It illuminated not only the Temple courtyard, but all of Jerusalem. To complete the picture of Jerusalem, there needed to be light in the middle of the scene, the golden light of healing and brotherhood and true peace, which we pray will shine again soon from the heart of Jerusalem.

Artist’s Statement: This is a painting of the blessings for lighting Chanukah candles in rainbow colors, with silver, gold, and white.

Jerusalem of gold
and of bronze
and of light
Behold, I am a violin for all your songs . . .” (“Jerusalem of Gold”)

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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