Yerushalyim - Jerusalem
Yerushalyim - by Adam Rhine
Watercolor and Colored Pencil on Board

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“May the Lord bless you from Zion, and may you look upon the glory of Jerusalem every day of your life. May you witness children born to your offspring, peace in Israel!” Psalm 128:5-6

This is the name of the walled city in Israel, Jerusalem, which ws reclaimed by King David, who set up the Miskan (Tabernacle) and placed within it the Ark of the Covenant. David's son and sucessor, Solomon, then built the Beit HaMikdash (Holy Temple) on the very site where Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son Issac, and where Jacob had his dream of the ladder to heaven. This solidified Yerushalyim as the Jewish people's holiest city.

In my painting, calligraphic curves spiral and wrap around the Hebrew word Yerushalyim, as it is the center of every Jew's spiritual focus, no matter where we find ourselves. I have incorporated several yud shapes, emphasizing both the first letter of the city's name as well as the first letter of Hashem's (G-d's) Holy Name within a design that is indended to glorify the Divine centrality to the Holy City. As I drew, I was exploring curve upon curve within the confines of a geometric shape. Jerusalem, the holy center of the world, allows for the intertwining of such great diversity.

Text by Louise Temple from the book "Hebrew Illuminations"