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A Message of Hope

A Message of Hope

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The L-rd, your G‑d, has multiplied you, and behold, you are today as the stars of the heavens in abundance. May the L-rd, G‑d of your forefathers, add to you a thousandfold as many as you are, and may He bless you, as He spoke concerning you! (Deuteronomy 1:10-11)

This simple, abstract painting, painted with fingers and hands, gives the impression of the tents in the desert. An aquamarine sky filled with golden stars reflects how the people are being blessed to become as numerous as the stars. Moses imparts this hopeful message as the people prepare to cross the river and enter the Promised Land. The ground also glitters with stars, hinting that the land itself will become spiritual once they inhabit it.

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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Anonymous New York City November 25, 2016

I am so sorry... to hear about the loss of your studio and the art it contained. Of course my heart is full of sorrow for all those who lost their homes and I have no words to express my sense of loss about all the books that met their demise. I want to know...what can be done to protect against future loss? Must every home have a fireproof safe room to display and house these treasures? Thank G-d for every life saved. May every person who intentionally caused these fires face Justice. Reply

Anonymous Seattle August 13, 2016

Stellar work Yoram Raanan has marvelously depicted the massed Israelites about to cross into the Promised Land as they listen to the start of Moses's final words. For me the abundant symbolism described in the accompanying text (which, by the way, mistakenly describes the work as abstract; as the biographical note suggests, it is clearly expressionist)pales beside the artistry of the colors; the multilayered, evocative imagery; and the delicious play of light that both permeates and focuses the composition.

Over the centuries many commentators have suggested that Parshas D'varim teaches at least as much about Moses as he tells us about the Hebrew people. To me, this painting avoids the cliché of missing the forest for the trees. Instead, I believe Raanan has beautifully portrayed a people being prepared for the collective role of "or lagoyim," a light to the nations. Yasher koach! Reply

Jeff Shapiro Bala August 10, 2016

Nefesh, ruach, neshamah and constant creation. Red and brown, light blue and white, dark blue and gold. The three levels of this wonderful painting: lower level nurtured by nefesh, next higher ruach, and highest level neshamah. Everything constantly created with a soul to accept HaShem's next moment of creation. Yoram Ranan's work will help keep us aware of G!d's ongoing closeness, and engagement in our lives. Reply

Anonymous Chewelah, WA August 10, 2016

Uplifting... What a lovely painting and a wonderful message. Reply

M Diane Flushing, NY August 7, 2016

Very nice. I am enjoying this painting. Reply

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