The Golden Dreidle

Jerusalem of Peace Ketubah, by Naomi Teplow

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Size: 19 3/4" x 23 1/4"
Medium: Giclee

In general, this painting refers to the palaces mentioned in the above-quoted Psalm. If you look closely, you can see that it has 5 planes: First and closest to you, is the balcony, with a pair of nestling doves, and a rose and jasmine climbing out from it on both sides. Next is the main wall, tiled with decorative patterns, most significantly the 16 point star pattern which I brought from Spain in 2007 (from Alcazar palace in Seville, modified just a little). I love this intricate pattern, where many of the lines serve more than one form in a harmonious, interconnected way. Next, is the main courtyard, with the water fountain, the citron tree (etrog), the birds and flower pots, and the wall with the text in the middle, surrounded by grape vines.

Looking through the arched passageways to next plane, you can see a fig tree (the Torah was compared to figs in the Midrash) and a pomegranate tree ("as full of mitzvahs as a pomegranate"). Behind the street scene you can see townhouses with their doors and stairways; and finally, at the farthest plane, seen through the arched window - the Western wall, symbolizing our deep connection to the land of Israel. Nearby, the Dome of the Rock and the Dormizion church, symbolize the other two Abrahamic religions. Someday, I hope, all three will live side by side in peace and friendship, in the spirit of Avraham Avinu, who welcomed everyone to his tent. We may have to go through 5 "dimensions" before that miracle happens, but eventually it will happen.

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