What is the meaning of pomegranates in Judaism?
The Land of Israel is praised for its pomegranates in the Bible. This beautiful fruit is rich in symbolism for the Jewish people.
What is the meaning of the pomegranates in my painting, ‘Wedding of the Creation’?
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.
Rosh Hashanah is the Festival celebrating the Jewish New Year. This is when Jews celebrate the Creation, the Birth of the world. One of the customs for this festival 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).
Pomegranates in ‘Wedding of The Creation’
Pomegranates, due to their many seeds, symbolise increase, fertility, abundance, prosperity. In my painting pomegranates symbolise procreation and prosperity for the Bride and Groom, and an increase of merits for us all, which is something we specifically request on Rosh Hashanah.