canvas 60*80, acrylic
november 10, 2015
sacrifice, dedication, intensity and power can partially describe the synergistic characteristics of shimon and levi. two swords stuck into the ground symbolize the pair of war heroes shimon and levi. together this duo bravely, valiantly and cunningly rescued yaakov’s daughter dinah from the city of shechem, a city that supported her violent rape and kidnapping and held her hostage.
the city’s men (read terrorists) were successfully executed in the rescue, restoring dignity, honour and deterrence for all the tribes of yaakov. the midrash tells us that it was shimon who brought dinah into his house and kept her under his protection. the green banner of the tribe of shimon memorializes this saga in the city walls and ruined towers of shechem.