The Holy Torah is full of references to agriculture, landscapes, scenery and terrain. But these are not simply a collection of hollow descriptions. The Torah is very specific with every word and every idea, and through various images, it paints a picture of the relationship between the Jewish nation, the Land of Israel and the Creator. Man is given a mission, a set of directives outlined in the Torah as mitzvot, and it is his job to fulfill them to the best of his ability. He sanctifies the physical by using it for spiritual purposes. In doing so, he uses his talent and skills to reveal G-d’s presence in the world. In return, G-d then watches over the Land of Israel ensuring that the needs of his land and His Nation are fulfilled.
The Jewish Nation is compared to a tree. The trunk is the full body of the nation, the branches are the mental and physical abilities, and the fruit of the tree represents the mitzvot. Man must use his God given gifts to emulate God, to do mitzvot and pursue kindness. In extolling the virtues of the Land of Israel, Moses praises the Land and identifies the seven species which are distinctive to the Land. The seven species symbolize the close relationship between the Jewish People and the Land of Israel. Each has an associated mitzvah (for man to complete) and this is the basis of the painting, The Seven Species.
Original commissioned artwork crafted from parchment with papercutting, soft pastels, gold gouache and STaM calligraphy (Scribal Lettering)
The Limited-Edition reproduction is available using the state of the art Giclee print process on textured paper. Each print is accompanied by a written explanation by the artist and a certificate of authenticity. In addition to the deluxe print version, two hand-papercutting options are available. Please click below to view.
Edition size limited to 180 pieces.