My art work in this Gallery is based on the celebration of The Torah. The Torah is ‘a tree of life to all who grasp it, and whoever holds on to it is happy; its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all it paths are peace’ (Proverbs 3:17-18).
‘The Torah is truth, and the purpose of knowing it is to live by it’ (Maimonides).
‘Torah In The Negev’ was inspired by my move from Jerusalem to Be’er Sheva. The Jew is grasping the Torah Scroll in love and joy, which is shared by all of the desert life surrounding him. The whole painting is a song of praise to The Creator and His Torah.
I have tried to capture the joy, the rejoicing, the love and devotion that we feel for the Torah, and express it in as powerful, rich, vibrant way as I was able.
Hachnasat Sefer Torah
In Hachnasat Sefer Torah, a new Scroll is taken into a Jerusalem Synagogue, where two more Torah Scrolls are taken out of the Ark and the music and dancing begin.
In ‘Bar Mitzvah Boy, The Kerchief’, the Boy accepts the mitzvot of The Torah.
I have based my painting on ‘The Kerchief’, a short story by S. Y. Agnon.
A mother, on the day of her son’s Bar Mitzvah, lends him a beautiful silk kerchief, which was a present to her from the boy’s father.
That same day, the boy meets a beggar sitting on a pile of stones. The boy, full of compassion, gives the kerchief to the beggar, who winds it round his bleeding feet.
Symbols and meaning in ‘Unity on The Golden Path’
Maimonides (The Rambam) called the middle way the ‘Golden Path’ . It is this path on which the feet of Joshua, King David and the Kibbutznik are dancing. Joshua Miller, z”l, was devoted to this moderate way.
The soldier is a modern day Joshua, wearing a tallit and holding the Torah.
King David indicates a long time span, connecting modern Jews to their ancient past. Although not perfect, King David trusted in G-d.
Joshua sent the Spies (parashat Shelach) into Israel and they brought back beautiful grapes. Now the Kibbutznik is growing and picking grapes.
עץ חיים היא – The ‘Tree of Life’, which is The Torah. (Proverbs 3:18)
חזק ואמץ – Strong and courageous. ‘Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them’. (Joshua 1:6)
Sun and moon – ‘O sun, stand still at Gibeon, And O moon in the valley of Aijalon. So the sun stood still and the moon stopped‘. (Joshua 10:13)
The Torah is at the centre of Jewish life.
These original oil paintings have been sold:
- Simchat Torah 2
- Hachnasat Sefer Torah 1
- Hachnasat Sefer Torah 2
The originals of the other paintings are available.