The Symbolism of Pomegranates in Judaism, Wedding of The Creation

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’?

Pomegranates in Judaism

Pomegranates, due to their many seeds, symbolise increase, fertility, abundance, prosperity.

I have tried to express the idea of  Marriage and The Creation as being inseparable.
Chana and WeddingMarriage

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.

The Creation

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 God’s 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.

BUY PRINT ‘WEDDING OF THE CREATION’

Further information
POMEGRANATE SYMBOLISM

JEWISH POMEGRANATE

2 Responses to The Symbolism of Pomegranates in Judaism, Wedding of The Creation

  1. John Drummond says:

    Beautiful painting and enjoyed your explication of the symbolism of pomegranates. I just woke up from a dream and was seeing inside a pomegranate and it began to move an flow like soup being scooped up. I had a sense that it was the pot for cooking after a sacrifice is made. I’m not fully familiar with what is involved in the process after the sacrifice is given an prepared for consumption but feel they are connected.

    Your explication of pomegranate symbolism helps me see that this experience was about the abundant life given in sacrifice. Like your painting it also makes the connection between sacrifice and marriage, they both are covenants of the heart. Also they are both covenants that result in life.

    So thank you for giving clarification of what God was communicating. Abounding love expressed through sacrifice has brought an overflowing fruitfulness through the sacrifice he has given us.

    Thanks again for your beautiful painting and words.

  2. Angela Cheetham Wilkinson says:

    I really appreciated the artist’s explanation of the symbolism and meaning of ‘Wedding of the Creation’ and enjoyed reading it. Such words can really help the viewer to enjoy work more fully. However, I must add that, the painting is strong enough to capture me as non-Jew .. and to hold my attention .. without any explanation.

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