Monday, July 11, 2011

Birthday blessings

"Isha," meaning "a woman," stands in the Mamilla Mall.
Artist Ruth Agmon quotes the first blessing we Jews say every morning, even before rising from bed:
מודה אני לפניך מלך חי וקים שהחזרת בי נשמתי בחמלה, רבה אמונתך
Modeh ani lifanekha melekh ḥai v'kayam sheheḥezarta bi nishmahti b'ḥemlah, rabah emunatekha.
I offer thanks before you, living and eternal King, for you have mercifully restored my soul within me; great is your faithfulness.

This statue reminds me of a tall slim friend who lived in and loved Israel for many years.
Sr. Claire-Irene, wise and wonderful, celebrates her 80th birthday today back at the motherhouse in Switzerland.
Happy birthday, ma soeur!


Rayna Eliana said...

What a lovely statue...I love it.

We must offer thanks, whenever we can, not just the mornings, but of course, the mornings are a must.

Kay said...

This is a very beautiful and humble statue.

Suzanne said...

This is a beautiful and evocative sculpture. Somewhat sad it makes me but I love the prayer that goes with it.

Mamilla is certainly teaming with art.

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

A beautiful blessing, and a very graceful sculpture. I tried to pronounce the Hebrew; then I read the transliteration....and then the translation....I've got such a long way to go if I ever want to really read and understand Hebrew!

cieldequimper said...

Bon anniversaire à soeur Clair-Irene.

This kind of reminds me of Giacometti.

Spiderdama said...

Nice statue and what a beautiful words to say every morning.

mirae said...

hello beautiful Dina, there is so much poignant adoration in this work that renders the woman so tall but humble before her God!

love and light

mirae said...

and the prayer is also beautiful, humble but elevated.

VP said...

She is bit too much slim even for our times...
Happy Birthday to sister Irene!

Pietro said...

Nice work, harmonious shapes.