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Jewish Art for the Soul

Passing the Light

August 30, 2017

The infinite light that can be passed from father to son is what illuminates the world. “Train a child in the way he should go; when he matures, he will not deviate from it” (Mishlei 22:6).

Shabbat Shalom!

August 27, 2017

To me, the candles seem like giant rockets, waiting for the count-down. But, instead of lighting them from below, I imagined a point of ignition from above, where they might be set off by a friendly train of stars, flying in from an open window.

What does it mean? Maybe that Shabbat is cleared for lift-off in 5...4...3...2...1...!

12 Tribes of Israel: Dan - The Judge

August 13, 2017

G‑d has judged me and also listened to my voice.” (Genesis 30:6)

Rachel named the first child of her nursemaid Bilhah, Dan, a name that embodies the quality of justice. Judgment and justice are about setting boundaries and maintaining objectivity to avoid confusion. Civilization rests on the justice of its laws and its ability to draw clear lines between right and wrong. This painting of Gush Dan, in the Tel Aviv area, shows the natural boundary between sea and land with space for a city to spring up and come into focus. We see the land and water, city and sky, the memory of the past and the glimmerings of a future. The tribe of Dan, the last tribe to travel in the nation’s desert encampment formation, had the task of collecting any items left behind. They are the ones who navigate the boundaries and, while maintaining distinctions, weave together an objective and just point of view.

The unique quality of opal is in its interplay of colors. The tribe of Dan’s gemstone is reflected in the milky haze above the city in the distant horizon, in shimmering water, and in the homes that are scattered beneath us.

First Shabbat

August 6, 2017

It is customary for a newly-married woman to start lighting two Shabbat candles: one for her and one for her husband. The first time she lights two is a very emotional, moment signifying that now they are two joined flames.

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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