canvas 150x150, acrylic
june 27, 2016
when you glance at this painting, you’ll observe how letters of the hebrew alphabet merge with references to prayers from the Tanakh and Talmud to rise up together from the open siddur at the center of the painting: you will also notice woven into the painting evocations of the holy prayers established by the jewish patriarchs and the prayer of moshe rabeinu during the all-important battle with amalek. the passage through the red sea is also depicted as well as the prayer of yonah the prophet while he was dwelling inside the big fish that swallowed him. also present is the perek shira blessings by plants and animals, and an image of the ladder to heaven seen by yaakov avinu in his dream. there are 70 different eyes which are meant to represent the 70 unique faces of the Torah. along with the eyes, the sea is visible in the painting itself, which is meant to evoke the well-known statement of rabbi elazar: "from the day the temple was destroyed, the gates of prayer have been closed, but even though the gate of prayer are closed, the gates of tears are opened" (bava metzia 59a).