“Menora” by Alisa Poplavskaya
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The Talmud speaks only of the menorah made by Bezaleel for the Tabernacle in the time of Moses (Ex. xxxvii. 17 et seq.), which was later placed in the Temple.
Shema Yisrael (or Sh’ma Yisroel or just Shema) are the first two words of a section of the Torah (Hebrew Bible) that is a centerpiece of the morning and evening Jewish prayer services. The first verse encapsulates the monotheistic essence of Judaism: “Hear, O Israel: the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.” The Shema is considered the most important prayer in Judaism, and its twice-daily recitation is a mitzvah (religious commandment).
In the painting the following symbols are presented: Noah’s ark, Shofar, Menora
In my painting I have tried to combine those symbols with a light of life (hai) and enlightenment of the way with the prayer Shema.
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