Hamsa Beit
Hamsa Beit - by Adam Rhine
Acrylic and Colored Pencil on Arches Watercolor Paper

For more information about this painting, email the artist at adam@hebrewart.com

The letter "beit" is the second letter in the Hebrew alphabet, and begins the first word in the Torah, "Bereshet" or "In the Beginning." Having a solid foundation on the baseline, this letter represents a house or "home." The numerical vaule of the letter is two, reminding us that the world is comprised of pairs: man and woman, day and night, holy and secular.

The Hamsa, a universal symbol of “The Hand of G-d” found in many cultures, lends itself to meditations on unity. In Jewish tradition it is often used as an amulet of protection from negative influences.

Feel the tender palm of the One who believes in you guiding you on your journey, in joy and in peace.

Text by Louise Temple from the calendar "Hebrew Illuminations"