After I painted the dome with the Star of David on it, I challenged myself to create something complicated and beautiful similar to the dome.
I love Rosh Hashana, and pomegranates are one of its symbols.
I used pomegranates as a main motif for the central part of this painting.
Jewish tradition teaches that the pomegranate is a symbol of righteousness because it is said to have 613 seeds, which correspondents with the 613 mitzvoth, or commandments from the Torah.
After I completed work on the central part, I intuitively added four gates in the corners.
Recently I read that gates have a strong meaning in Jewish tradition, and they are also mentioned in The Zohar, book of Jewish mysticism.
The Zohar likens a man to a city with four gates - the gate of vision, the gate of listening, the gate of imagining, and the gate of speaking. One must remain master of each gate, so that wisdom can flow through them - endless wisdom.
- Acrylic on canvas
- 100cm x 100cm
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