You shall love your fellow as yourself. (Leviticus 19:18)

The commandment to love one’s fellow is said to be the foundation of the whole Torah. In this painting we see the interconnectedness of people, each one a part of the colorful tapestry of life. This was originally a vertical painting with intricate floral designs. When the canvas was turned sideways and white paint was added around the flowered shapes, figures emerged, harmoniously interacting with each other in a sunlit courtyard. According to the Baal Shem Tov, the love of one’s fellow is like a gateway into the palace of G‑d.