Saturday, April 9, 2011

Olive branch shadows

For Shadow Shot Sunday here is an artistic shadow from the exhibit of Bible story sculptures now at Jerusalem's Mamilla Mall.
Please enlarge the photo to appreciate the details.
Shadows of the firmly-rooted branches of "The Menorah" by Dov Levi Noymand.
The seven short Hebrew words on the branches mean "Not by might, nor by power, but by My spirit . . ."
Read Zechariah 8 to see how the prophet's angelic vision is connected with the menorah.
The artist took inspiration also from Numbers 8:2-4 in which God says to Moses,

2 'Speak unto Aaron, and say unto him: When thou lightest the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the candlestick.'

3 And Aaron did so: he lighted the lamps thereof so as to give light in front of the candlestick, as the Lord commanded Moses.

4 And this was the work of the candlestick, beaten work of gold; unto the base thereof, and unto the flowers thereof, it was beaten work; according unto the pattern which the Lord had shown Moses, so he made the candlestick.


paula devi said...

תודה רבה
beautiful piece, so full

Kay said...

This is really beautiful!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

This particular menorah looks as though it is lifting many hands to praise the Lord!


Welcome the shadows surrounding your life,
Treat them as lover or husband or wife;
Welcome them in as you would one who’s dear;
Hug them, embrace them without any fear;
Honor, respect them, and give them their due,
For shadow and light are both parts of you.

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Deep Shadows Beckon

Birdman said...

I always enjoy your posts... so informative.

Anonymous said...

an outstanding piece of art !

please have a good sunday.

daily athens

Anonymous said...

Very spiritual, very artistic!

chubskulit said...

Beautiful shadow shot!

My shadow post, have a good night!

Hey Harriet said...

A beautiful and intricate sculpture casting some lovely shadows!

Rob and Mandy said...

This is one of the nicer menorah I've seen!

Spiderdama said...

It`s wonderful!

I did not know the name Wadi Kelta, but we climbed there, an incredibly beautiful place and great stone.

I see that it sent rockets daily into the desert where we will stay the first 3 days.. I do not know if it is safe for us to go there? What do you think? We have some acquaintances near the Sea of ​​Galilee as we might have to live with rather this 3 days, but we'll see if it calms down.

Wish you a blessed sunday Dina!:-)

DawnTreader said...

So the nine instead of seven arms... is that supposed to include the two olive trees then?

GinaLaughed said...

I really love this piece! The menorah is so lovely and I agree with Magical Mystical Teacher that it looks like many hands to praise the Lord! Stunning! Thank you for what you wrote as well.

Dina said...

Friends, thank you all for adding to my appreciation and understanding of this menorah sculpture.

MM Teacher, I love and need that poem. Thanks!

Dawn Treader, from what I can understand of Zechariah, yes, I think you're right.

Spiderdama, I emailed you. Yes, it is dangerous in the vicinity of the Gaza Strip these days. We hope for a cease fire, but neither side wants to be the first to cease.

VP said...

An excellent work!

JM said...

I've never seen a menorah like this before. Really nice!

Genie said...

This is one of the most beautiful menorahs I have seen...I think it IS the most beautiful. The way you composed this particular shot is awesome and the capture is every bit as fine. Superb work.

J Bar said...

That's an interesting design.