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Artist’s Statement: Tashlich prayer on bank of the Vistula River on Rosh Hashanah.

Artist’s Statement: I know you can hear the sound of shofar, but can you see the sound? I see it all the time. Now you can too. Just look at my painting.

Ink & Marker on Paper
Ink & Marker on Paper

Artist’s Statement: New Beginnings is the story of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hoshanna. This picture has many symbols which are used to show connections between the 12 astrological signs, the sun and the moon and the months of the Jewish calendar.

First attention is shown to the outlying symbols used to represent the 12 Astrological signs, each one falls as closely near to the Hebrew month in which this symbol may take precedence. In the center of the image we find the sun, which is the source of light radiating to all other images in the picture.

Off to the side in the 9 position (as if juxtaposing a clock over the entire work), we find the moon. The Sun radiates its light to the moon, which without this light, would be just a cold dark satellite in the sky shedding no light upon the earth in the night. As this work is called New Beginnings, it represents not only the beginning of the year, but all beginnings, even our beginning. When one thinks of our beginning, thoughts may then turn to Genesis. In Genesis we find Adam, the first human upon the Earth and thus the beginning of mankind. Taking the name Adam, we find the digits of the numbers which are represented by the Hebrew letters in the name Adam, we get the small number 9. As the moon radiates its light upon the Earth as a reflection of the light radiating from the sun, so too does Adam radiate the light of G‑d upon the Earth.

Within the picture’s center we find a multitude of concentric Stars of David. The most obvious Star is the found most closely around the Sun. If the viewer were to take any one the 1 – 12 numbered points on this Star of David and then find its other coordinating colors, one would trace one half of a Star of David. If the viewer again takes any other of the 1 -12 numbers and traces its coordinating colors, one would find the other half. For example, take the numbers 11 and 12. These two numbers are represented with the colors purple and orange. The corresponding numbers are then 12, 8, 4 (purple) and 11, 7 and 3 (orange). These two triangles will then intersect perfectly to create a Star of David. This works every time and with every combination of the numbers 1-12.

1 -12, which are symbolic of the astrological signs as well as one half of a day. We also find the numbers 13 – 24 which are the continuation of the numbers 1 -12 adding up to the hours of the day. 12 points which are colored also represent all the 12 edges of the Star of David. The points are all colored in groups of 3. As 12 is the number of the tribes of Israel, the number 3 represents the grouping of these tribes by area. All the areas of the map represented by the tribes: 3 to the east, 3 to the west, 3 to the south and 3 to the north.

New Beginnings is the start of the New Year, and it represented numerically here in hours, months, rotations of the sun and the moon and the signs of the astrological chart. One can view this work not only as calendar or clock, but also as a type of sundial. At the triangle above the number 12, we see it is filled with the many vibrant and radiating colors. These represent the time of year when the sun peaks at noon and gives off most of its light.

Each time one views this work there is something new to see and experience. Stand at a different point, look from a different angle and let this magnificent work take you on a very special journey to the beginning and beyond.

Acrylic & Ink on Canvas
Acrylic & Ink on Canvas

Artist’s Statement: Attempting to convey the spiritual energy of the Shofar, I looked to break free of the confines of a single canvas. Just as the call of the shofar brakes boundaries I wanted to convey the energy over many canvases.

Oil on Linen
Oil on Linen

Artist’s Statement: This painting of rooftops in Israel depicts a seemingly peaceful scene that may be threatened at any time by immanent danger.

Artist’s Statement: This image is an expression of the Torah portion we read on Rosh Hashanah, telling the story of the binding of Isaac (the akedah).

The akedah was the tenth and final trial that G‑d presented to Abraham. The first trials are shown as imperfect orbs, building momentum as they approach the red orb, the final trial.

The black column running through the center of the image represents the moment of silence between the two words when the Heavenly voice called out, "Abraham...Abraham!" During this moment, Abraham was transformed from having blind faith in G‑d, to having perfect faith.

Oil on Canvas
Oil on Canvas

Artist’s Statement: Talmudic dispute in the Shtetl of Mezhirich

Oil on Wood
Oil on Wood

Artist’s Statement: We are all united, ascending to the Beit Hamikdash.

Acrylic on Canvas
Acrylic on Canvas

Artist’s Statement: This piece is comprised of 3 pieces which reference our ability to connect to G‑d through Torah, avoda and gemilat chassadim. It depicts the Land of Israel, with Jerusalem as a city of gold, where the Beit Hamikdash will be rebuilt.

Acrylic on Canvas
Acrylic on Canvas

Artist’s Statement: This painting, completed in 2002, references Exodus 28.

Acrylic on Stretched Canvas
Acrylic on Stretched Canvas

Artist’s Statement: This is my painting of the full Hebrew text of Genesis 3:10-22. It is painted in gold, silver, red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet.

Oil on Canvas
Oil on Canvas

Artist’s Statement: Old Jerusalem. View of the Temple Mount from a window.

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"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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