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Jewish Art for the Soul

Candles for Shabbat

June 27, 2018

Pastel painting of a woman lighting Shabbos candles on Friday eve.

Balaam's Donkey Sees the Angel

June 24, 2018

Artist rendition of Balaam's donkey seeing the angel.

Set for Shabbat

June 17, 2018

Typically, on Russian vodka bottles it says "Russian Standard" in Russian. This painting, however, features a bottle of Rashi wine, labelled "Jewish Standard" in Russian.

My Nephew's Bar Mitzvah

June 13, 2018

When a Jewish boy turns 13, he has all the rights and obligations of a Jewish adult, including the commandments of the Torah. Here I represent my nephew putting on tefillin for the first time at his bar mitzvah. Today he lives in Israel and has a beautifull family, of which I am very proud.

Illuminated

June 10, 2018

Alef: Light & Harmony

June 6, 2018

This is an image of the first holy letter - Alef. When taken apart, the Alef can be seen as a vav (6th letter) in the center, with a yud (10th letter) above and below. The yud above is the soul, the yud below is the body, and the vav between is the 6 middot in harmony, which is Torah. There is also a reference to Chanukah, because the light of Torah expels darkness, like the Chanukah candles.

Feivish Henech the Hermit

June 3, 2018
A Jew reciting Tehillim. Art by Chana Voola
A Jew reciting Tehillim. Art by Chana Voola

There lived a young man in Dubrovna by the name of Feivish Henech. At the age of 16 he decided to stop up his ears so no sound should reach him, and cover his eyes so no sight should disturb him, and spent his days in prayer, reciting Psalms from memory. So he became known as Feibish Henech the Hermit.

There lived in Poland a cruel squire who heard about this hermit, and wanted to make a mockery of him. The squire sent his servant to bring Feivish to him. When the servant returned without the hermit, claiming he had been too frightened to approach the holy man, the wicked squire had him whipped. Surprisingly, the servant walked away from the whipping without even a scratch

The squire sent a second servant, who said he had tried to speak to Feivish, but it was as if he did not hear. He even tried whipping him, shouting, and cursing, for hours, but to no avail. No one could go near this holy man to make himself heard. The squire had him whipped for not bringing the hermit to his estate, and this servant was badly hurt.

Enraged, the wicked squire himself set off to the synagogue. When he arrived, the rav warned him that no one could approach or speak to this holy man. The squire ignored him and stepped directly in front of the hermit. He took out his whip but suddenly an excruciating pain shot through his arm. He realized his mistake and tried to apologize, but the pain persisted, and still the hermit could not hear him. The squire left in agony, yet Feivish Henech continued to pray, unaware of all that had transpired.

Shortly thereafter, a group of women who had not been blessed with children began fundraising to build a new synagogue with special accommodations for Feivish Henech. All these women then bore children.

This piece is my rendition of Feivish Henech saying Tehillim for women to have children. It is from Psalm 128 and means, “Your wife will be as a fruitful vine in the innermost parts of your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table.”

(Source: The Lubavitcher Rebbe's memoirs.)

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"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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