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Joseph and His Brothers Reunite

Joseph and His Brothers Reunite

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And he fell on his brother Benjamin's neck and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck. And he kissed all his brothers and wept over them, and afterwards his brothers spoke with him.(Genesis: 45:14 -15)

Painted in a simple direct manner, the painting captures the essence of Joseph’s dramatic reconciliation with his brothers, focusing on the brotherly hug. They seem to merge, one with the other. When Joseph revealed his identity to his brothers, it was only after he embraced and wept with them that they finally made peace with each other. In contrast to the dark blue and purple, the bright yellows and reds reflect the transformation of this dark and complex situation.

In the background, strong, bold strokes of color suggest a Temple-like structure which illuminates the painting. This is interesting, because Rashi explains that the reason Joseph wept on Benjamin's neck was because he saw prophetically that the first two Temples would be destroyed, and Benjamin wept because he foresaw that the Tabernacle of Shilo would also be destroyed. As the children of Israel are about to descend into the darkness of Egypt, the light in the painting hints to a time when darkness and destruction will be transformed into peace and harmony.

Yoram Raanan takes inspiration from living in Israel, where he can fully explore and express his Jewish consciousness. The light, the air, the spirit of the people and the land energize and inspire him. His paintings include modern Jewish expressionism with a wide range of subjects ranging from abstract to landscape, biblical and Judaic.
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