“With Divine bonds I have been joined.” (Genesis 30:8)

Rachel named Bilhah’s second child Naphtali, a name that symbolizes connection that is attained through struggle. This painting takes us to the tribe of Naphtali’s portion of land in the Galilee, overlooking the Sea of Galilee in the northern part of Israel. In the distance is Mt. Hermon, from which snow and rain water flow to feed the Sea of Galilee and the rest of the Land of Israel with fresh water via the national water carrier as far as the southern Negev. Water is a connecting force in the Land, as it is within our own bodies, carrying vitality and sustenance with it.

The reds and yellows of the landscape reflect the tribe’s gemstone of agate.