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Jewish Art for the Soul

Passing On the Mitzvah From Father to Son

April 22, 2018

This painting features a father teaching his son about the Shema prayer and the mitzvah of having a mezuzah on the doorposts of the house. One can sense the child's curiosity as he learns to touch the mezuzah, kiss his fingers, and remember the words of the prayer. He will one day teach his child this same lesson, and the mitzvah will be passed along from generation to generation.

Artist Rendition of the Seven Species of Israel

April 22, 2018

The Holy Torah is full of references to agriculture, landscapes, scenery and terrain. But these are not simply a collection of hollow descriptions. The Torah is very specific with every word and every idea, and through various images, it paints a picture of the relationship between the Jewish nation, the Land of Israel and the Creator. Man is given a mission, a set of directives outlined in the Torah, and it is his job to fulfill them to the best of his ability. He sanctifies the physical by using it for spiritual purposes. In doing so, he uses his talent and skills to reveal G‑d’s presence in the world. In return, G‑d then watches over the Land of Israel ensuring that the needs of His land and His nation are fulfilled.

The Jewish nation is compared to a tree. The trunk is the full body of the nation, the branches are the mental and physical abilities, and the fruit of the tree represents the mitzvot. Man must use his G‑d-given gifts to emulate G‑d, to do mitzvot and pursue kindness. In extolling the virtues of the Land of Israel, Moses praises the land and identifies the seven species which are native to it. The seven species symbolize the close relationship between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel. Each has an associated mitzvah, and this is the basis of the painting.

Love and Fear

April 18, 2018

This picture was inspired by my recent journey to the graves of the Chabad Rebbes in Ukraine. In the chassidic discourse “Maamar Hahishtatchut,” the Rebbe Rashab emphasizes the powerful impact of prostration. He explains that emunah in the tzaddik nourishes yiraat Hashem (fear of G‑d) and ahavat Hashem (love of G‑d), yet the emunah remains above the attributes, shining like a crown.

Splitting of the Sea

April 4, 2018

My rendition of the Splitting of the Sea, where the Jewish people achieved faith in G‑d and Moses.

Moses in the Basket

March 28, 2018

Moses, as an infant, cast into the Nile in a basket, on his way to becoming the greatest leader in history.

Hard at Work in the Matzah Bakery

March 25, 2018

I based this illustration off a photo I took at the matzah bakery in Kiryat Sanz (Netanya, Israel). The bakers were being timed by a rabbi with a stopwatch (not pictured), to ensure the entire process, from beginning to end, doesn’t exceed the strict 18-minute time frame required for kosher matzahs.

Jerusalem Moonrise

March 21, 2018

The painting Jerusalem Moonrise was inspired during one of my trips to Israel. There is no sight more moving than the walled city of Jerusalem.

Ben Ish Chai

March 18, 2018

Metamorphosis

March 14, 2018

Life is change: there is beauty at every stage of metamorphosis.

12 Tribes of Israel: Benjamin—The Ravenous Consumer

March 11, 2018

“She named him the son of my suffering, and his father called him Benjamin.” (Genesis 35:18) ​​

The youngest of the twelve tribes, Benjamin, was named by his mother, Rachel, who died in childbirth. His father, Jacob, changed his name from “the son of my suffering” to “son of the right hand”: a name that represents the strength that comes from pain, the power of transformation. Benjamin seeks out the Divine energy housed within matter and elevates it, transforming the material into the spiritual. The sun is setting over the hills of Jerusalem, and the illuminated windows of the city send their warm glow out to the rest of the world. The confusion of twilight dissolves in the peaceful vision of a city, held securely and quietly nestled in the hills around it. Jerusalem is the heart of the Land and the heart of the nation. It is strong and at peace, a peace that extends outward towards the viewer and to the outer edges of the painting, where an olive branch tentatively spreads its leaves in a prayerful motion inviting us to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalms 122:6).

The deep reds of the setting sun in this painting reflect the tribe of Benjamin’s gemstone, a maroon jasper.

Three Pillars Sustain the World

March 7, 2018

Family and community is our world. It is held up by our mitzvot, prayer, and Torah learning.

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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