Israel! Israel!
Israel! Israel! - by Adam Rhine
Watercolor and Colored Pencil on Board

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“Our Father in heaven, rock and redeemer of Israel, bless the State of Israel, the first manifestation of the approach of our redemption. Shield it with Your lovingkindness, envelop it in Your peace...” Prayer for the State of Israel

This is my first painting to celebrate the reclaiming of the Promised Land by the Jewish people after almost 2,000 years in exile. The promise is that the Beit HaMikdash (Holy Temple) will be rebuilt in our time, and the Moshiach (Messiah) will dwell among us. I have used stone texture inspired by the Western Wall, the last remnant of the second Temple, and allowed its texture to recede into the distant center of the composition. Stripes of Israeli flowers cross to create yet another Magen David shape, with the Hebrew word for "Israel" on either side of the new star.

The tips of the Magen David are broken off and floating in separate directions. They represent the Jewish diaspora, the breaking up and scattering of Jews in exile all over the world. These members of the twelve tribes, the “Shevatim,” will once again return to Israel and reunite in the land promised to the children of Abraham.

Text by Louise Temple from the book "Hebrew Illuminations"