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Jewish Art for the Soul

Flowers for Shavuot

May 16, 2018

Inspired by the beauty of the flowers that bloom in honor of Shavuot.

G-d Reveals Himself on Mount Sinai

May 13, 2018

At Mount Sinai, G‑d revealed himself to the people of Israel with the first commandment: I am the L-rd, Your G‑d, Who took you out of the land of Egypt.

Phoenix in the Garden of Eden

May 6, 2018

Artist’s rendition of the phoenix in the Garden of Eden.

Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai with his Disciples on Lag B’Omer

May 2, 2018

The intense use of impasto, and fusion between figure and abstraction, makes the picture indefinable and elusive, changing shape, always running away, and at the same time, malleable and untamable like the desire hinted in the gaze of the Tzadik on the day of his passing. When Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai revealed Torah secrets of higher realms, some of his disciples were consumed by the flame, but a continual and indestructible chain descended as fire into the mundane.

Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai’s Cave

April 29, 2018

This is my rendition of the cave where Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai (Rashbi) and his son, Rabbi Elazar, hid from the Romans. G‑d miraculously provided a flowing spring and a carob tree with which they sustained themselves for years, while rigorously delving into the Torah’s secret wisdom.

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’s 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.

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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