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Jewish Art for the Soul

Reunited

October 29, 2017

Trying to express and capture the intense emotion of reuniting when the soldiers liberated the Kotel during the Six Day War. War weary, helmet still on, he seems to thrust his arm and just reach to embrace as much as he can.

We Live Here

October 25, 2017

This act of putting the mezuzah on a door post is a way of saying to the world: "We Live Here".

Usually, mezuzot are seen as lovely, charming little things. I wanted to show that hammering in a mezuzah could be a statement of strength and determination.

Covenant Between Parts

October 22, 2017

Artist's interpretation of the Covenant of Parts:

[Abram] said: “L‑rd G‑d, by what shall I know that I shall inherit it?” And He said to him: “Take Me three heifers, three goats, three rams, a turtledove and a young pigeon.”

He took to him all these, and he split them in the middle, and he placed each half opposite its fellow; the birds, however, he did not divide.

The eagle descended upon the carcasses, and Abram drove them away.

As the sun was near to setting, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, a horror of great darkness fell upon him.

And He said to Abram: “Know surely that your descendants shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and they will be enslaved to them, and they will afflict them four hundred years.

“And also that nation whom they shall serve will I judge; and afterwards they shall come out with great wealth.”

When the sun went down and it was dark, behold, a smoking furnace and a burning torch, which passed between those pieces. (Genesis 15)

On that day G‑d made a covenant with Abram, saying: “To your seed I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates.”

12 Tribes of Israel: Naphtali - The Free Spirit

October 18, 2017

“With Divine bonds I have been joined.” (Genesis 30:8)

Rachel named Bilhah’s second child Naphtali, a name that symbolizes connection that is attained through struggle. This painting takes us to the tribe of Naphtali’s portion of land in the Galilee, overlooking the Sea of Galilee in the northern part of Israel. In the distance is Mt. Hermon, from which snow and rain water flow to feed the Sea of Galilee and the rest of the Land of Israel with fresh water via the national water carrier as far as the southern Negev. Water is a connecting force in the Land, as it is within our own bodies, carrying vitality and sustenance with it.

The reds and yellows of the landscape reflect the tribe’s gemstone of agate.

The Promise

October 15, 2017

Adam and Eve

October 11, 2017
(Adam and Eve after they left the Garden of Eden, depicted by Alyse Radenovic)
(Adam and Eve after they left the Garden of Eden, depicted by Alyse Radenovic)

Adam and Eve after they left the garden of Eden.

The Happiest Day - Simchat Torah

October 8, 2017

Simchat Torah is the happiest day on the Jewish calendar, on which we celebrate the conclusion of the annual Torah-reading cycle, and begin all over again. I composed this painting with bright colors and movements that represent enthusiastic dance and happiness.

Appreciating the Soul

October 4, 2017

Underneath the coarse, physical self, is the deepest part of the soul - where the Infinity of G‑d is found. Thank you, G‑d!

The Beauty of Fall

October 1, 2017

It is impossible for people to be happy even in the most beautiful forest, unless they are truly happy within themselves.

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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