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Jewish Art for the Soul

Simcha in the Shtetl

December 31, 2013
Acrylic on Canvas
Acrylic on Canvas

Artist’s Statement:These men are Klezmer musicians. Klezmer Jewish music is a big part of any simcha.

Water Vessels

December 30, 2013
Colored Pencils
Colored Pencils

Artist’s Statement: We pray for rain to water our souls. Working together, breaking barriers to reveal the spirituality, then building vessels with the broken pieces, will enable us to catch the blessings from Above.

Psalm 109

December 27, 2013
Acrylic on Stretched Canvas
Acrylic on Stretched Canvas

Artist’s Statement: This is my painting of the full text of Psalm 109. It is in Hebrew. It is painted in white, red, yellow, black, and silver.

Tree on the Hudson

December 26, 2013
Oil on Stretched Canvas
Oil on Stretched Canvas

Artist’s Statement: When I found this beautiful tree along the banks of the Hudson River it made me think of the Hebrew word for tree, etz, which is composed of two letters, "ayin" and "tzaddik." "Tzaddik" means "the righteous one" and "ayin" means "eye." Though initially latent, a potential tzaddik is in every Jew. This potential can become active as the "eye" of the torah becomes part on one's consciousness.

Pintele Yid

December 25, 2013
Water color
Water color

Artist’s Statement: To all the youth out there: You hold the most incredible fire that's burning strong. Don't put it out; just channel it, burning for G‑dliness, fight for truth. One flame, to G‑d we are all different, yet He loves us all the same.

The Blessing of Yosef

December 23, 2013
Pastel & Ink on Paper
Pastel & Ink on Paper

Artist’s Statement: Yosef, the special son, received a special blessing from his father, Yaakov. In this picture, you can see the fruitful tree under which Yosef studied Torah. I also included Yosef's mother, Rachel, and his infant brother, Benjamin. The fish represent prosperity and fecundity.

Woman is the Foundation of the Home

December 20, 2013
Oil on Canvas
Oil on Canvas

Artist’s Statement: "Woman is the Foundation of the Home. In her merit, the Divine Presence rests in the home." (-the Zohar, book of Bereshit)

Jewish Community

December 19, 2013
Pastel on Board
Pastel on Board

Artist’s Statement: This art was comissioned for a calendar by Baltimore Jewish community.

Psalm 70

December 18, 2013
Acrylic on Stretched Canvas
Acrylic on Stretched Canvas

Artist’s Statement: This is my painting of the full text of Psalm 70. It is in Hebrew. It is painted in black and white on white.

Concrete and The Tree

December 16, 2013

Artist’s Statement: Concrete reminds us of the horror of the Holocaust. The young tree symbolizes our life and immortality in G‑d.

Shabbat Shalom

December 13, 2013

Artist’s Statement: Using digital tools, I've recreated the warm glow and sense of peaceful mystery that Shabbat brings us every week.

Chana

December 12, 2013
Oil on Canvas
Oil on Canvas

Artist’s Statement: The Jewish name Chana is an acronym for the three mitzvot of a woman: challah, niddah (family purity) and hadlakat neirot (lighting Shabbat candles).

Genesis 2:1-3 Silver & Rainbow

December 11, 2013
Acrylic on Stretched Canvas
Acrylic on Stretched Canvas

Artist’s Statement: This is my painting of the full text of Genesis 2:1-3. It is in Hebrew letters in rainbow colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet. The text is on a silver background.

My Bubby and Zaidy

December 10, 2013

Artist’s Statement: I remember the real Jewish shtetls of Russia. This is my Zaidy and Bubby near the little shtetl where I was born. Where are you now, my little shtetl . . . ? Only in my dreams and my paintings . . .

Souls All Mighty

December 9, 2013
Print
Print

Artist’s Statement: The number 3 represents something which is eternal. The candle wax symbolizes wisdom, the wick – action, the flame – love. Our souls ascend through wisdom and love being translated into acts of loving-kindness until the “cup runneth over.” As the droplets of water fall from the cup of goodness, the souls are formed and ascend.

Shabbat Family Lighting

December 6, 2013

Artist’s Statement: When we light the candles, the room fills with the radiance of Shabbat. The table here glows like a burning bush, hinting at the special light of Shabbat. The crimson woman wears a crown of light as if she has become a queen, and the home is transformed into a sanctuary of peace.

Jewish Holidays

December 5, 2013
Acrylic on Board
Acrylic on Board

Artist’s Statement: Every Jewish person connects to each holiday differently. When I think of Yom Kippur, I think of kapparot. With Purim, I visualize a mask and an upside down crown that represents G‑d's hidden nature during the Purim story. On Shavout I think of the first time I counted the Omer. Rosh Hashanna, I hear the Shofar, Shabbat, I hear my father making kiddush, and on Chanukah I see the flames of the candles.

Joyous Flames

December 4, 2013
Tissue Paper Collage
Tissue Paper Collage

Artist’s Statement: To the Macabees in all of us!

Chanukkiah

December 3, 2013

Artist’s Statement: For this piece, I used digital tools to strip the image down to its most essential and meaningful elements. Like a Haiku poem, it communicates a tremendous amount of information and emotion with a small amount of actual input. In doing so, the viewer is invited to fill in the details and become part of the process.

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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