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Yoram Raanan

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Yoram Raanan takes inspiration from living in Israel, where he can fully explore and express his Jewish consciousness. The light, the air, the spirit of the people and the land energize and inspire him. His paintings include modern Jewish expressionism with a wide range of subjects ranging from abstract to landscape, biblical and Judaic.
For a seven day period you shall live in booths. Every resident among the Israelites shall live in booths, in order that your [ensuing] generations should know that I had the children of Israel live in booths when I took them out of the land of Egypt. (Le...
"When the Holy One, blessed be He, came to reveal the Torah on Sinai, the mountains ran about and contended with each other, each claiming, 'The Torah shall be revealed on me.'“(Midrash Rabba Genesis 99:1) "Dialogue of the Mountains" presents a window int...
The Exodus from Egypt
It is a night of anticipation for the L-rd, to take them out of the land of Egypt; this night is the L-rd's, guarding all the children of Israel throughout their generations. (Exodus 12:42) The anonymous figures in the painting are on a journey—the night ...
Thus shall the children of Israel observe the Sabbath, to make the Sabbath throughout their generations as an everlasting covenant. (Exodus 31:16) For countless generations, the Jewish people have been observing Shabbat by lighting candles before sunset o...
Artist’s Statement: Painted in a way where the creation evolves and changes, what began as a landscape on two panels grew into this image of a menorah emanating light and color over six canvases. The fiery raw sienna and umber are countered by blues and g...
Artist’s Statement: This painting began life some twenty-five years ago as part of a series of landscapes featuring Jerusalem. Dominated by shades of brown, sienna and gold, the warmth of these earth tones suggested something of the city's ancient Biblica...
The Festival of Unleavened Cakes you shall keep; seven days you shall eat unleavened cakes which I have commanded you, at the appointed meeting time of the month of spring, for in the month of spring you went out of Egypt. (Exodus 34:18 – Torah reading fo...
Artist’s Statement: The menorah of the Holy Temple evoked the image of a tree. Its central shaft was like a trunk and the other lamps were its "branches". The decorations were referred to as almonds, buds, and flowers. Today the menorah remains a tree of ...
Artist’s Statement: The curtains have opened and the Torah is shining. Zion is a concept. It is a place. It is a sign and it is our home. This painting began as a landscape, painted in earth tones of the hills surrounding Jerusalem. Two years later I adde...
Artist’s Statement: When we light the candles, the room fills with the radiance of Shabbat. The table here glows like a burning bush, hinting at the special light of Shabbat. The crimson woman wears a crown of light as if she has become a queen, and the h...
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