July/Tammuz "Ma Tovu Ohalecha Ya'acov" How Goodly Are Your Tents O Jacob

The Blessing of Community

Artist Susie Lubell’s colorful im3 Lubellage of the Ma Tovu text highlights the vibrancy of the Israelite community. The words of the blessing embrace the diverse buildings and trees, uniting them within a common vision of peace and faith. Each home and plant is different, yet they stand close together, overlapping and connecting with each other to make the whole. The image’s brightness creates an atmosphere of celebration, security, and vitality. It is a blessing for the community and all who are included in its shelter.

Susie Lubell is a self-trained artist now living in Israel. She originally created this image with watercolor paint. To see more of her fine art work, please visit her website at www.susielubell.com. You can also visit www.milkandhoneyartshop.etsy.com to view prints of her watercolor paintings.



Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries, July/Tammuz "Ma Tovu Ohalecha Ya'acov" How Goodly Are Your Tents O Jacob

A Mezuzah to Bring the Blessing Home

Shraga Landesman is a Haifa-based artist who invites you to link your home to the ancient Israelite camp. He crafted this mezuzah case as “a moving tribute to the strength of the Jewish home”.  Hanging a mezuzah on the doorpost is a clearly visible sign of Jewish ownership, demonstrating the willingness to be recognized as part of the community. The words from the blessing Ma Tovu express the hope that this connection will support peace and tranquility in the home.

For more information about the artist and his work, please see http://www.landesman-shraga.israel.net/ Thank you for giving us permission to share your image and your words.

This is the description that accompanies the mezuzah case.

June/Sivan "Ki Asher Telchi Eilech" Where You Go I Will Go

Contrast of Broken Hearts

“Orpa Leaving Naomi” Oil Painting by Abraham Yakin, Israel.

In this striking oil painting by Israeli artist Abraham Yakin, we see the contrast in the behavior of Naomi’s two daughters-in-law. Orpa, in the background, leaves alone. In the foreground, Ruth remains with Naomi. Imagining Ruth declaring her intention to stay by Naomi’s side, we see a contrast of the broken-hearted; Ruth is able to reach out to another, while Orpa is completely isolated in her grief.

With appreciation to Abraham and Hannah Yakin for their permission to share this image on BooksandBlintzes.com. You can see more of Abraham and their family’s work at www.art-yakin.com. This image is the property of the artist and is not to be copied, shared, distributed, etc. without his permission.