Hebrew Art - The Judaica Art of Adam Rhine


Chalom Chai
"Chalom Chai"
Hebrew (Dream) Letters
Watercolor and Colored Pencil on Watercolor Paper

"Am Yisrael Chai." ("The Nation of Israel Lives" - An expression of eternal Jewish hope)

Chai, the Hebrew word for “life”, is a combination of the letters chet and yud. The numerical value of these letters is eighteen, multiples of which are often given as charity to remind us of the gift of life and the benevolence we are required to emulate. Charity, tzedakah, is one of the pillars of the Jewish religion and an eternal practice of its people.


"Chalom" in Hebrew means "Dreams," like that of Yakkov Aveinu (Jacob our Father) who dreamt of angels traveling up and down a ladder between heaven and earth. The gestural qualities of these paintings explore the dreamlike spiritual qualities of the Hebrew letters.



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