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Jewish Art for the Soul

Seeking Peace and Refuge

July 30, 2017

This was painted this July, the day that 13 year old Hallel Ariel was brutally murdered in her bed in Israel. The dove, the eternal symbol of our hope for peace, is nestled in the ancient, weary of such suffering, comforting stones of the Kotel, but his tail is blood-stained. We may be battered at times, but we and our hope for completeness and true peace endures.

12 Tribes of Israel: Zebulun - The Businessman

July 26, 2017

G‑d has given me a good portion.” (Genesis 30:20)

Leah’s sixth son, Zebulun, embodies the ability to seek and find the gifts embedded within the everyday. Zebulun was a merchant tribe that partnered with the tribe of Issachar to support their study. Zebulun’s role was to enter the marketplace and reveal the sparks of G‑dliness hidden within the materiality of the world. The painting’s view of a port asks us to look beneath the surface of the water to the unexplored world below, to navigate the watery surface of a world that is inherently foreign to us and allow it to offer up its spiritual gifts. And when we have the courage to seek out the sparks of the Divine within our lives, and to support scholarship however we can, we are blessed. The twin boats, Shalom (Peace) and Baruch (Blessed) are ready to carry us and keep us afloat.

The gemstone of Zebulun is a diamond, reflected in this painting in the sparkling clarity of the water and the sky.

The Mystery of Safed

July 16, 2017

A tiny street in Safed, which conveys mysterious atmosphere of hometown of the Kabbalah.

Like a Tree Planted by Water

July 9, 2017

"He shall be like a tree planted by the water..." (Jeremiah 17:8)

12 Tribes of Israel: Issachar - The Scholar

July 5, 2017

G‑d has given me my reward.” (Genesis 30:18)

Leah's fifth son, Issachar, embodies the notion of the reward​ that comes from hard work. The painting takes us to the Jezreel valley in the north, where the quilted landscape shows the lush reward of the pioneers and farmers who labored to transform an arid land into a productive one. The valley unfolds before us like a scroll or a book, mirroring the role of the tribe of Issachar as Israel’s scholars and educators. Through the labor of Torah study, we harvest the richness of G‑d’s wisdom, which provides us with guidance, sustenance and direction, allowing us to see far into the peaceful distance.

The deep blues of the painting reflect Issachar’s gemstone, sapphire, which was also the material from which was carved ​the Tablets of the Ten Commandments, the Divine source of our wisdom and scholarship.

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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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