Escorting the ‘Sabbath Bride’ out with joy.
This link shows some of my art work on ‘Art for the Soul’, and includes ‘Melave Malkah’.
Shabbat on Friday
Just before Shabbat comes in on a windy, rainy Friday in Jerusalem.
The men must get home quickly to leave their umbrellas, put the flowers in water, etc, before going to Synagogue.
One man is carrying his hat in the special hat-shaped box. Another is carrying his Shabbat suit.
In this oil painting I have depicted a Jewish mother and daughter covering their eyes to say the blessing after lighting the candles on Friday night to greet the Sabbath. Peace is ushered in to their home and to the world.
Why are candles lit on Friday night?
‘In the first verses of Genesis, God creates light and “there was evening and morning, the first day.” (Genesis 1:5) Since the first day began with evening, all days begin at sunset in Judaism. So when the sky is streaked with the fading Friday sunlight, in Jewish homes around the world, candles are lit, blessings are said, and Sabbath is welcomed.’ My Jewish Learning
A Special Connection
According to Kabbalah we are given a second soul at the onset of this special day of rest, and feel a very special connection to Hashem. It is the joy and the intense spiritual light felt by this special connection to Hashem that I have tried to express in my painting.
Women joyously dance in the Synagogue on Friday night in front of the mechitza, whilst men dance behind it.
Greeting the Sabbath
Inspired by my prayer in synagogues in Jerusalem, and especially in Nachlaot, I tried to get the effect of the joy felt on Friday nights in this watercolour painting, my first in this series.
Which painting do you like best? I would love to read your comments – they are most welcome.￼