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Jewish Art for the Soul

By Shoshannah Brombacher

Oil on Canvas
Oil on Canvas

Artist’s Statement: This painting shows several scenes from Megillat Ruth. I love the way many scenes are presented in medieval miniatures and often do the same in my work.

Acrylic and Collage on Canvas
Acrylic and Collage on Canvas

Artist’s Statement: My inspiration comes from nature and spirit. It is my hope to reflect light on the human condition and create art that is hopeful, growth-oriented and life affirming. Through trial and error, colors, balance, figures or symbols appear, and messages are delineated. I am grateful for the opportunity to create art. Breath, energy, hands and heart combine with materials to create a tangible product. I feel uplifted as spirit employs me as a vehicle of its light. I hope you can feel light, hope and/or inspiration when you view the work.

Ink & Colored Pencil on Bristol Board
Ink & Colored Pencil on Bristol Board

Artist’s Statement: This piece represents the ritual hand-washing and the accompanying blessing “al netilat yadayim I was inspired after searching for similar pieces and finding only instructional signs. Although many of them were beautiful and artsy, there was no art for art’s sake, and I saw a void to be filled. In creating this piece I aimed to fuse my modern, abstract and bright artistic style with a traditional subject matter to create a vibrant and exciting display of this important mitzvah.

By Shoshana Centner

Artist’s Statement: This work came together one morning and was complete by lunchtime. When my husband came home, he looked at it and said "Wow!"

I told him, "The Rebbe has been smiling at me all morning."

A friend came by, and when he saw the painting he said, "Sold!" and refused to let me do anything further to it. And so it stayed.

By Marlene Burns

Mixed Media Acrylic on Stretched Canvas
Mixed Media Acrylic on Stretched Canvas

Artist’s Statement: This painting expresses the watchwords of Judaism—the Shema prayer

Hear, O Israel, the L-rd is our G‑d, the L-rd is One.
Blessed be the name of the glory of His kingdom forever and ever.

In the background, the red color field symbolizes G‑d, and the metallic color field represents His heavenly realm. The musical cantillation notes for chanting the first line of the prayer are represented in the line separating the two color fields.

Twelve drips fall from the arc at the top, representing the twelve sons of our patriarch, Yaakov (Israel) from whom the twelve tribes originated. These drips reference the midrash that explains why the second line of the Shema is not said out loud.

When Yaakov was on his death bed, surrounded by his children, he expressed his concern that after his passing his children would stray from G‑d’s path.

To reassure him, they said, “Hear O Israel, the L rd is our G d, the L rd is one.”

Yaakov responded quietly, in a weak voice, “Blessed be the name of the glory of His kingdom forever and ever.”

We emulate his words by saying them softly or silently.

The four blue orbs represent the words “L-rd,” “Our G‑d,” “L-rd,” and “One.”

One fringe of the tzitzit should be dyed a specific blue. The shades of blue in my painting remind us that the exact color is not known today.

The single shaft of red (G‑d) anchors the composition and design, the same way G‑d anchors our way of life.

Oil on Stretched Canvas
Oil on Stretched Canvas

Artist’s Statement: My efforts are to filter and sift through the artistic knowledge I have collected until only the truth remains. For this I connect myself only and always to the words of the Torah, in the understanding that the letters of the Holy script are vessels for the divine light that is accessible to us through this piece of Torah. This work is my attempt to elucidate the seven holy words which are the expression of all our yearning and purpose—to see the eternal glorification of G‑d’s name: Yehay shmay rabbha mevorach le’olam ul'ol'may ol'myuh yis-buh-rach - May His great name be blessed forever and for all eternity.

By Sholom Nemtzov

Charcoal on Art Paper
Charcoal on Art Paper

Artist’s Statement: I chose this pose because I feel it brings out the gleam in a face that has been through so much.

By David Ariel de Guglielmi

Acrylic and Ink on Stretched Canvas
Acrylic and Ink on Stretched Canvas

Artist’s Statement: The synagogue equals life and joy, and colors represent life and joy. So the colorful synagogue conveys life and joy.

Acrylic and Ink on Canvas
Acrylic and Ink on Canvas

Artist’s Statement: For every challenge that comes our way, we choose which lens to look through.

Oil on Canvas
Oil on Canvas

Artist’s Statement: Letter of silence and spirituality. Soul of all the letters. Secret. G‑d hidden in the creation.

By Sam Shacked

Oil on Canvas
Oil on Canvas

Artist’s Statement: Our Rebbe.

Acrylic on Canvas
Acrylic on Canvas

Artist’s Statement: Lubavitch World Headquarters, known as “770,” is where the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory, spent his life working to impact the world in a positive way. As followers of the Rebbe, we share his message and inspiration with those around us, working together to create a home for G‑d in this world.

Acrylic Behind Acrylic Sheet
Acrylic Behind Acrylic Sheet

Artist’s Statement: "God went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them on the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light.” (Exodus 13:21)

Painted on the back of a satin finish acrylic sheet, both the cloud and the fire are infused with the spirit of G‑d, represented by the Hebrew letter “Shin” which stands for one of His sacred names.

Digital
Digital

Artist’s Statement: Israel hangs by a thread, constantly facing the threat of physical and spiritual division, but we hang on. We are one nation, and by accepting and learning about each other, even though we are of different styles, sects, colors and schools of thought, we create a strong sense of unity.

By Shoshanah Brombacher

Pastel and Ink on Paper
Pastel and Ink on Paper

Artist’s Statement: Said the Sassover Rebbe: "Whoever has not one hour for himself, he is not a mentsh, not human." This is very true for busy New Yorkers and others. Dedicate at least one hour a day to being a mentsh and doing a mitzvah, a kindness, or studying Torah.

By Yitzchok Moully

Acrylic and Ink on Canvas
Acrylic and Ink on Canvas

Artist’s Statement: Somewhat of a self-portrait, Orange Socks is about learning to conform while maintaining individuality. Judaism gives us guidelines to help us lead a fulfilling life, but at the same time it encourages us to find individual ways of expressing our faith. One does not need dreadlocks or tattoos to express individuality; for me, orange socks work.

By Raiza Malka Gilbert

Pen and Ink
Pen and Ink

Artist’s Statement: A man prays, wearing the traditional prayer shawl, the tallit.

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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