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Pesach

By Shoshannah Brombacher


Miriam Stood From Afar

By Natalia Kadish

Giclee
Giclee

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.


Bedikat Chametz

By Shoshannah Brombacher


Moses at the Burning Bush

By Yoram Raanan

An angel of the L‑rd appeared to him [Moses] in a flame of fire from within the thornbush, and behold, the thornbush was burning with fire, but the thornbush was not being consumed. So Moses said, "Let me turn now and see this great spectacle: why does the thornbush not burn up?" (Exodus 3:2–3)

The burning bush, sometimes identified as an acacia tree covered with red flowers and fruit, creates the impression of being illuminated but not consumed. Here in the painting the bush looks like a tree of life with golden light and jewel-like colors. Actually, the burning bush is a metaphor for the tree of life, and both are symbols of miraculous energy and sacred light.

Here in the painting, as Moses approaches the bush to investigate its special lights, his figure is overshadowed by the greatness of the vision. “I must turn aside,” says Moses when he sees the burning bush, humbled by the vision and aware of his smallness. He is engulfed in the heat of revelation as everything around the bush glows red hot. Tradition tells us that for seven days and nights Moses pleaded with G‑d before accepting the mission to redeem the people of Israel and bring them to Sinai to receive the Torah on a mountain that was also ablaze.


The Book of Exodus

By Brooke Sendele

Colored Pencils, Chalk Pastel, Ink, and Charcoal on Bristol Board
Colored Pencils, Chalk Pastel, Ink, and Charcoal on Bristol Board

One day in class, during a critique in which I displayed a Jewish-themed drawing, my professor said to me, “I Googled ‘Jewish art,’ and most of what I saw was Holocaust-related; that seems to be the ‘thing’ for Jewish artists. Are you going to work with that theme?”

Words cannot express the extent to which that bothered me. Why should the world’s view of the Jewish people be that of a formerly oppressed nation, not a culture that is rich in beliefs, traditions and Torah values? And how come the general population has no idea what Judaism entails? Why have we become “the people who died in the Holocaust” and “the people who don’t eat bacon”? With my art, I seek to change that perception, expand people’s horizons, and create works that encapsulate the Jewish culture and religion.


Staffs and Snakes

By Yoram Raanan

Moses and Aaron came to Pharaoh. . . . Aaron cast his staff before Pharaoh and before his servants, and it became a serpent. Pharaoh too summoned the wise men and the magicians, and the necromancers of Egypt also did likewise with their magic. Each one of them cast down his staff, and they became serpents; but Aaron’s staff swallowed their staffs . . . (Exodus 7:10–12)

The L‑rd said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and stretch forth your hand over the waters of Egypt, over their rivers, over their canals, over their ponds, and over all their bodies of water, and they will become blood, and there will be blood throughout the entire land of Egypt . . .’” (Exodus 7:19)

The metaphor of staffs and snakes appears twice in this week’s Torah portion and in the corresponding painting. In the background are mysterious figures suggesting Moses and Aaron conversing with Pharaoh and his magicians. Their staffs transform into large snakes, painted with broad streaks of color applied by hand. They seem to be slinking on the ground. In the sky, the snake/staff of Aaron rises up ready to swallow the evil snakes of Egypt.

In their encounter at the Nile, Aaron’s staff stretches over the river, bringing on the first of the 10 plagues. The limited palette of black, white and red suggests that the darkness of Egypt is being transformed by the light of redemption as the waters of Egypt are turned to blood.


The Exodus

By Yoram Raanan

They shall take [some] of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel. . . . And the blood will be for you for a sign upon the houses where you will be, and I will see the blood and skip over you . . .

It came to pass on that very day that the L‑rd took the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt with their legions. . . . This day will be for you as a memorial. (Exodus 12:7, 13, 51)

The Jewish people begin their journey out of the darkness of Egypt at the first light of dawn. The red frame conveys the blood on their doorposts, a sign of protection from the last plague which brought death to the Egyptian firstborns. Darkness hangs above the people as the night sky is slowly transformed by daybreak. The figures seem to be moving quickly towards the light which guides them to freedom. We sense the poignancy of the moment. The Jewish people have made this journey from darkness into light over and over since this first exodus.


Hillel Sandwich

By Shoshannah Brombacher


Cloud by Day; Fire by Night

By Mordecai Colodner

Acrylic Behind Acrylic Sheet
Acrylic Behind Acrylic Sheet

“G‑d 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.


Faith at the Sea of Reeds

By Mordecai Colodner

Acrylic on Stretched Canvas
Acrylic on Stretched Canvas

When the Israelites came to the Reed Sea, G‑d required that they show their faith before the sea would split. Nachshon ben Aminadav of the tribe of Judah walked into the sea, deeper and deeper. When the water reached his neck, G‑d split it.


Nachshon Ben Aminadav

By David Brook

This is a painting of Nachshon ben Aminadav, who walked into the sea when the Egyptians where chasing the Jews. He continued walking until the water reached his nostrils; then it parted, and the nation was able to cross on dry land.


Invitation to Freedom

By Randy Zucker

Digital Art
Digital Art

In contrast to other images of the parting of the Red Sea during the Exodus, here the viewer is not off in the distance, objectively watching people swarm across . . . the viewer is there, part of the first group, being asked to make the decision to cross, and trust that G‑d will hold back the waters. Freedom is offered, but it is a scary unknown. One must truly abhor slavery, must truly yearn for freedom, to take that step. This piece requires a leap of faith and deep, subjective involvement, unlike many of my more passive, objective pieces. This work uses “painterly” effects to depict the almost violent power, passion and drama of the event.


Exodus

By Odi Kletski

Digital
Digital

Exodus depicts the triumphant events of the splitting of the sea. The colors, movement and expression of the piece capture the emotional impact of a nation exiting slavery. Hope, passion and unity are feelings included in Exodus.


The Splitting of the Sea

By Natalia Kadish

The splitting of the Reed Sea as the Jews left Egypt.


Celebrating the Miracle

By Ahuva Klein

The splitting of the sea and the celebratory singing which followed.


The Splitting of the Sea

By Yoram Raanan

“Then the children of Israel came into the midst of the sea on dry land, and the waters were to them as a wall from their right and from their left.” (Exodus 14:22)

The painting began as a beautiful abstract landscape. Wanting to find something greater, the artist painted over the previous painting and a huge wave emerged, like a wall of water. This opened a new pathway through the sea. As a gentle light seeps in, illuminating the pathway, it parts and forms walls of water. Much depended on the artist’s willingness to reach deeper and break through the barrier of mere prettiness. The way it was painted reflects what it is. Every day is a spiritual crossing, searching for the gifts hidden within the sea. Even though the Israelites crossed the sea thousands of years ago, the parting of the sea remains a timeless metaphor for taking a leap of faith, forging forward to discover hidden treasures.


Seder Plate

By Shoshannah Brombacher


Time for Passover

By Erik Kucera

Ink and Marker on Paper
Ink and Marker on Paper

This work represents the holiday and its meaning. On the bottom left you will see a representation of the afikomen, “hidden” just below the six sections of the Seder plate. The six circles are representative of the Seder plate, and foods found on the Seder plate are written in Hebrew.

In the middle is a clock of sorts. The clock shows when Passover starts—in the first month, Nissan, on the Jewish calendar, and between the third and fourth months on the Gregorian calendar.

Within the Star of David we see a depiction of the Exodus, including the pyramids and the splitting of the sea.

My intention was to depict images from the past with a modern flair, to symbolize that we should always remember the past, and always celebrate this day for generations to come.


The Passover Seder Plate

By Ahuva Klein


Overflowing Blessings

By Yitzchok Moully

“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.


Four Expressions of Redemption

By Ahuva Klein

The four cups of wine we drink at the Seder correspond to the four expressions of redemption.


Al Netilat Yadayim (Blessing Upon Washing Hands)

By Brooke Sendele

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

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.


With Gratitude

By Naomi Cohen

“Even if our mouths were filled with song as the sea [is filled with water], our tongue with melody as the roar of its waves, and our lips with praise as the breadth of the firmament; and our eyes were radiant like the sun and the moon, our hands spread out as the [wings of the] eagles of the sky, and our feet as swift as [those of] the deer—we would still be unable to thank You, L‑rd our G‑d and G‑d of our fathers . . .”—From the Passover Haggadah


Next Year in Jerusalem

By Cindy Lutz Kornet

Acrylic on Canvas, Printed Letters
Acrylic on Canvas, Printed Letters

My poetic depiction of how Israel might feel includes a bold Magen David (Star of David) displayed with great pride. The painting has energy and movement; I hope you can feel it and more.


The Time for Redemption has Arrived

By Hila Ben Itzhak

This is how I picture the Redemption.

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Carol Thornhill April 8, 2017

יפה💕 Reply

Sarah Berger Lakewood April 4, 2017

Amazing! Reply

Susan DeMendoza Laguna Beach April 21, 2016

Passover and beautiful paintings Exquisite paintings! Reply

Anonymous BROOKLYN April 20, 2016

These masterpieces are extraordinary! Reply

Connie Godin Barre April 19, 2016

Very nice works. Reply

yitzchak chaim April 8, 2015

confronting the sea Will you be faithful when the water is at your toes?
Stinging your cuts as it slowly flows?
Will you be faithful when it reaches your knees?
Shivering, beginning to freeze?

Are you still a servant when it soaks your waist?
Current pushing you backward with cruel, mighty haste?
Are you still a servant when the water reaches your chest?
Your food is lost in the sea for you stand with no rest?

Now the water is up to your neck!
You cry like it's hopeless and you feel like a wreck!
Now the water reaches your lips!
You taste the salt and your inside rips!

But if you trust HIM as the tide covers your nose,
Surrendering breath and feeling deaths blows,
Yes, if you trust HIM when it covers each eye,
Making you blind as your mind screams out WHY?!

The water will fall and allow you to see
Your heart, soul, and mind will cry out with glee
You'll love this path made just for you
Your name will be honored for being a Jew

Be faithful for we will walk dry sand!
Forever rejoicing in the Holy Land! Reply

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