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 oil painting is Rosh Hashanah
Against the backdrop of the sun, moon and stars of the Creation, the Bride and Groom marry under the chupah (canopy), symbolising new beginnings. I have tried to express the idea of marriage and The Creation as being inseparable.
Jewish marriage was created in The Beginning, making its appearance at the time of The Creation. At the same time the eternal principals of marriage were created. So, marriage is not a law, but rather a blessing from G-d, enabling the perpetuation of the species as well as the enhancement of personal growth.
What is the meaning of the pomegranates in my painting, ‘Wedding of the Creation’? Pomegranates, due to their many seeds, symbolise increase, fertility, abundance, prosperity.
One of the customs for this Rosh Hashanah is to eat pomegranates, which are believed to contain 613 seeds. By eating the pomegranate Jews display their desire to fulfill Gods 613 mitzvoth (commandments from the Torah).
Naturally, calendars are published at the start of the year. Chabad have featured my images in some of their calendars for 5777 (2016 – 2017).
May all be well with you.
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