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Jewish Art for the Soul

The Binding of Isaac in Every Generation

November 26, 2014

Artist’s Statement: In the center of the picture there is a stone altar, referring to the alter on which Abraham was ready to bind Isaac, his one and only son.

The central part of the painting symbolizes a real human heart and within it a Jewish character. The painting expresses the idea that in each and every generation we sacrifice important things to fulfill God’s will (not necessarily literal self-sacrifice).

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King

November 25, 2014

Artist’s Statement: …so that his heart will not be haughty over his brothers, and so that he will not turn away from the commandment, either to the right or to the left, in order that he may prolong [his] days in his kingdom, he and his sons, among Israel. (Deuteronomy 17:20)

The king is the supreme leader. He should be strong and humble at the same time. He should control his heart. Kingdom and heart are related to the Hebrew letter "lamed,” the tallest letter in the aleph-bet. This verse has exactly 81 letters = 9 x 9 in a perfect truthful square. It includes 10 letters "lamed". Many allusions to King Moshiach, right hand, and heart in this verse.

Shabbat Table Still Life

November 21, 2014

Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem

November 19, 2014

Artist’s Statement: Old alleyway in the Jewish quarter in Jerusalem.

The Torah Goes out from Zion

November 17, 2014
Acrylic on canvas with collaged oil on book cover
Acrylic on canvas with collaged oil on book cover

Artist’s Statement: The curtains have opened and the Torah is shining. Zion is a concept. It is a place. It is a sign and it is our home. This painting began as a landscape, painted in earth tones of the hills surrounding Jerusalem. Two years later I added the magenta curtains. They frame the pathway and form a doorway into the bright landscape. A few years later I collaged half a book cover painted with Torah scrolls onto the landscape. Only then was the picture of Jerusalem complete and the painting got its name "The Torah goes out from Zion."

Blessing for Lighting Shabbat Candles

November 13, 2014 11:02 PM
Acrylic on Canvas
Acrylic on Canvas

Artist’s Statement: This painting is an abstracted depiction of the text of the Hebrew prayer for kindling lights for Shabbat painted in the colors of the sunset.

Fear of G-d

November 7, 2014
Acrylic on Canvas
Acrylic on Canvas

Artist’s Statement: And now, O Israel, what does the L-rd, your G‑d, demand of you? Only to fear the L-rd, your G‑d, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, and to worship the L-rd, your G‑d, with all your heart and with all your soul…(Deuteronomy 10:12)

What is wanted from us? Fear of G‑d. "What" can be studied as "hundred" in Hebrew. This verse has 100 letters = 10 x 10 in a perfect complete square. Many allusions to 100 blessings, Moshiach, and fear in this verse.

Sodom and Gomorra

November 5, 2014

Artist’s Statement: Evil will be torn apart by G‑d and be replaced by healing... The Dead Sea is where Sodom and Gomorra used to stand. They were destroyed because of their evilness, but in His kindness G‑d left healing waters in their place - the Dead Sea.

Tea in Vilna

November 3, 2014
Oil on Canvas
Oil on Canvas

Artist’s Statement: Tea in pre-war Vilna.

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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