How are Mothers Like Hashem? (5 Art-of-Motherhood Photos)
This magical painting by Shazarachel features a JewishMOM covered with Alefs. Her skirt is full of alefs. Her baby is even shaped like an Alef.
Because Alef represents Hashem.
And because the world was created with Alef.
Just like mothers, who, like Hashem, create a new world every time they give birth to a new baby.
This painting is featured in the wonderful new exhibit “Eema Ila’ah: The Art of Motherhood” presently at Jerusalem’s Heichal Shlomo (curated by my friend Noa Cohen as well as Nurit Sirkis Bank).
“Alef” by Shazarachel
LOVE THIS PAINTING!
“Sunrise, Sunset: Tel Aviv” by Ezra Landau. Two mothers pass each other on the Tel Aviv boardwalk–one caring for her child another for her own elderly mother. The power of mother to nurture family members at the sunrise and sunset of their lifetimes.
“A Blessing on Your Head” by Ruth Schreiber.
This work consists of 20,000 pairs of paper hands embossed with the priestly blessing (closeup in photo below), a reference to hundreds of generations of parental blessings and prayer throughout Jewish history.
Closeup from “A Blessing on Your Head” by Ruth Schreiber
Each hand is embossed with the priestly blessing, used by Jewish parents to bless their children every Friday night, in gold leaf
“16 Years” by Sigal Adelman
Looking at this photo, I was mesmerized by the optical illusion–a girl holding a photo of a girl holding a photo of a girl etc. etc. etc. It reminded me that every Jewish woman and girl is a link in the chain of Jewish history among thousands of other Jewish mothers and Jewish daughters–their ancestors and descendants.
“Hand in Hand” by Chaya Wirzberger
In this photo a mother grasps onto her child’s hand, a source of security and support in the darkness.