Ruth at the feet of Boaz at harvest time, Bethlehem

The Book of Ruth

The story of Biblical Ruth told in five paintings The Book of Ruth is read on Shavuot, the holiday when Jews celebrate the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.  These are some of the reasons to explain the custom: … Read More

Chanukah Hanukkah

Chanukah/Hanukkah Chanukah/Hanukkah is the Jewish eight-day, wintertime ‘festival of lights,’ celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting. Hanukkah in Be’er Sheva The Hebrew word Chanukah means “dedication,” and is named thus because it celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple. It … Read More

Jewish Wedding

Jewish Wedding

Jewish Marriage Jewish Bride and Groom happy under the Chuppah (a tallit).  Left: The Bride holds a bunch of white flowers and has embroidered flowers on her simple headdress. Right: The Bride has a beautiful bunch of anemones which are echoed in her … Read More

Rosh Hashanah

Jewish New Year Rosh Hashanah is the Festival celebrating the Jewish New Year, marking a new beginning, a fresh start. This is when Jews celebrate the Creation, the beginning, the start, the birth of the world. The subject of my … Read More

Sukkot Ushpizin

The Seven Guests on Sukkot During Sukkot, according to Kabbalah, the Sukkahgenerates an intense concentration of spiritual energy. The souls of the seven great leaders of Israel – Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Aaron, Joseph, and King David – actually leave … Read More