Parting of the Waters
Parting of the Waters - by Adam Rhine
Watercolor and Colored Pencils on Arches Watercolor Paper

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“Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the Lord moved the sea with a strong east wind all the night, and He turned the sea to damp land and the water split. The Children of Israel came within the sea on dry land; and the water was a wall for them, on their right and on their left.” Shemot/Exodus, 14:21-22

Of all the miracles chronicled in the Torah, the one that is perhaps most dramatic is the Parting of the Waters at the Sea of Reeds. With the Egyptian army swiftly decending on the newly freed nation of Israel, G-d, through his servant Moses, parts the water and allows over a million people to cross safely on dry land.

This painting is an abstract representation of the magnificence of the event. Blue waves are parted by a Magen David of orange flames, flames that recall the angel that lit the way for the Jews in the desert.

Text by Louise Temple from the calendar "Hebrew Illuminations"