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Jewish Art for the Soul

Three Aspects of the Shema Prayer

November 29, 2017

The painting shows elements of the first, second, and third parts of the Shema prayer.

1. “And you shall inscribe them upon the doorposts of your house and upon your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:9)

“ will gather in your grain, your wine, and your oil. And I will provide grass in your field for your livestock...” (Deuteronomy 10:14-15)

“And they are to place upon the tzitzit a thread of blue...” (Numbers 15:38)

The Love of a Mother

November 26, 2017

"The heart of a mother is a deep abyss, at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness." -Honoré de Balzac

I Shall Speak of Your Wonders

November 22, 2017

"Make me understand Your precepts, and I shall speak of Your wonders." - Psalms 119:27

"Ascent" - Jacob's Ladder

November 19, 2017

Ascent depicts the metaphor for prayer that is embedded within Jacob's ladder. The painting depicts the Zohar’s view of prayer, which is that each person is able to climb from an earth-bound existence into deeper states of consciousness until one unites with the G‑dliness at the core of the human soul.

The ascent up Jacob's ladder is linked to the four spiritual worlds and their connection to the morning prayer. Beginning with the World of Action (Asiyah), in which the worshipper conquers his or her animalistic pleasure-seeking soul, a person then climbs deeper through the World of Formation (Yetzirah) and Creation (Beriyah), until finally reaching the World of Intimacy. In this deepest world of spiritual enlightenment, one is united with the One and fortified with the goodness and love required to illuminate the world.

This painting is deeply inspired by Jacob’s Ladder an article posted by Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson.

Jerusalem: Body and Soul

November 15, 2017

Jerusalem, the holiest city, is in the center of the painting representing the body, and surrounding it are the mitzvot representing the soul. All around is the sky representing G‑d connecting our land, body, and soul.

Oseh Shalom

November 12, 2017

This is both prayer and lyrics from one of my favorite songs. Like comfort food, but for the Jewish soul.

The Havdalah Service

November 8, 2017

All the ritual items used for the havdala service.

Rebecca Carries a Pitcher of Water

November 5, 2017

Behold, Rebecca came out... and her pitcher was on her shoulder. (Genesis 24:15)

Hebrew School Party

November 1, 2017

Children enjoying a party at a Chabad Hebrew school.

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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