"The candle of G-d is the soul of man," Proverbs states. Fire signifies warmth, energy and enthusiasm. Without it, one is cold, seemingly lifeless and stuck. A human being is born to be passionate. One only has to direct his/ her energies properly. A candle has three parts; wax, wick, and flame. The wick is our body, the wax is our soul, the fire is our enthusiasm. Let your natural enthusiasm enable the soul to propel the body. We are spiritual beings in a physical bodies, The Flame of the heat allows the wax to melt, cradled by the wick.
Excitement,enthusiasm,energy is the fire within us being channeled by our bodies, the wick, for Torah, Mitzvot, good deeds and positive B"H actions, the wax, our life's work. Be enthusiastic for life, live each day to it's fullest, but channel that fire in the proper direction. The soul, the body, two partners working together fulfilling G-ds will. By: Chanie Goldman, Gainsville, FL www.jewishgator.com
"The Tabernacle, G-ds house in the desert. All the people contributed, some gave copper, some gave silver and many donated gold. To give in our means is a kind and charitable act. To give beyond our means, is generosity . All humans practice the virtue of generosity . By purchasing a new clothing, housewares, vacations and cars in abundance. To be generous to self is physical and selfish, to be generous to others is G-dly and holy. May we give beyond our means to others and to G-d, thus fulfilling our purpose in creation. " By: Malkie Korik, Roseville, Ca. www.JewishRoseville.com
"When death finally comes you will welcome it like an old friend, being aware of how dreamlike and impermanent the phenomenal world really is." Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche I completed this painting the week after my fathers passing. I prayed for his transition to be peaceful and said my final good-byes. This image brought me great comfort. It is my hope that the loved embedded in the work will be experienced by all.
In celebration and gratitude I wish to share the meditations written by The Chabad Community. " Seemingly so simple, yet practically so hard. Patience. Children learn by example. We are G-ds children. Our Rabbis teach us that we must mirror G-ds attributes in our lives. G-d has patience. When the Jewish people were in the desert, how many times did they err? But G-d always forgave and He continues to tolerate the shortcomings of humans. When we strip away the external trappings. When we realize what's really important, we have all of the time in the world, we have patience. Good things take time, important developments are not instantaneous. Take a moment, have patience with others. Children learn by example. When we look at a child for who they are, when we are patient with them, they in turn will grow up to be patient and understanding of other's. By Chanie Goldman, Gainesville, Florida
I painted 13 small paintings in response to a spiritual course on The Virtues. This course was designed as an exploration of our inner life. The paintings are embedded with my understanding of each virtue and my love for The Infinite. A celebration using precious and semi precious stones, glass, and objects found in nature. After the completion of the art I asked Rabbi Yossi Korik from Chabad Jewish Community Center of Placer County to collaborate with me on creating a calendar for the community. Rabbi Korik has authored meditations on the series and on the virtue of Humility and Silence. He has also invited other members from the Chabad movement to write meditations on each virtue inspired by the paintings as a vehicle to revisit each virtue anew. We plan to have an exhibit of the original art during the Jewish High Holidays. November 7 at 7 pm Rabbi Korik will share a teaching on the Virtues and I will be there to share the paintings and speak about the work. I hope you will join us at The Chabad Jewish Community Center of Placer County in Granite Bay. As always I am grateful for the privilege of following my life's passion and the ability to share this passion with each of you.
I believe that divinity sparkles within us. In this spirit I painted the Japanese Lotus. I wish to acknowledge "Jewish Mysticism and the Spiritual Life" Edited by Lawrence Fine, Eitan Fishbane, and Or N. Rose which inspired my ability to express some my deepest feelings behind my artwork.
Infinite depths dwell within every finite point of matter. Mystical consciousness seeks insight into this transcendent mystery. Painting the Iris was my invitation into the mystery.
The rose invited me to follow its shape inward and out to its edges. I have a deep yearning to connect to the essence of things, a sense that there is a layer of existence that lies concealed beneath the surface of perception.
This painting is one in a series of four paintings. I have always been drawn to flowers. The process of seeing this painting as an individual piece and then exploring its relationship to the paintings that surround it expanded the possibilities of each as an individual work of art. Shapes in nature inspire me. My abstract works reflect my love of nature!