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Jewish Art for the Soul

Old Poland Shtetl

May 26, 2014

Artist’s Statement: Market Day in Shtetl Zabludoff in old Poland, based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem and Isaac Bashevis Singer.

In memory of the burned, destroyed Jewish shtetls that give me no rest . . .

Yonati Behagvey Hasela

(My Dove in the Clefts of the Rocks—Song of Songs 2:14

May 23, 2014

Artist’s Statement: Israel is comparable to a dove.

Resurrection of Dead

May 21, 2014

Artist’s Statement: Break through the barriers! Sometimes infinity can be found within the coarse physical earth.

The Rebbe Studying Torah

May 16, 2014

Artist’s Statement: This painting was my first attempt at painting the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory. I had not seen any paintings of this photo before, and I was inspired by his intense concentration and devotion while studying the Torah.

"Hafoch Ba"

May 14, 2014

Artist’s Statement: In my painting, I convey the love of Torah study.

Genesis 3:4–9 Gold and Rainbow

May 12, 2014
Acrylic on Stretched Canvas
Acrylic on Stretched Canvas

Artist’s Statement: This is my painting of the full Hebrew text of Genesis 3:4–9. It is painted in gold, red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet.

Choni the Circle-Maker

May 9, 2014

Artist’s Statement: I was so inspired by the story of Choni the Circle-Maker and the miracle of rain that I wanted to portray the story on canvas. In my painting, Choni stands in his circle under the blazing hot, dry sun. But over to the left are the dark clouds and rain approaching . . .

Invitation to Freedom

May 7, 2014
Digital Art
Digital Art

Artist’s Statement: In contrast to other images of the parting of the Red Sea during the Exodus, here the viewer is not off in the distance, objectively watching people swarm across... The viewer is there, part of the first group, being asked to make the decision to cross and trust that G‑d will hold back the waters. Freedom is offered, but it is a scary unknown. One must truly abhor slavery, must truly yearn for freedom, to take that step. This piece requires a leap of faith and deep, subjective involvement, unlike many of my more passive, objective pieces. This work uses "painterly" effects to depict the almost violent power, passion and drama of the event.

Shema & Tzedakah

May 5, 2014

Artist’s Statement: This is one of six windows I created for a Chabad center in New Jersey, based on the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s mitzvah campaigns.

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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