Shema Yisrael - Hear O'Israel
Shema Yisrael - by Adam Rhine
Watercolor and Colored Pencils on Board

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“Hear O’Israel, the Lord is our G-d, The Lord is One.” Devarim/Deuteronomy 6:4

The Shema is the most well-known and important prayers in all of Judaism, first spoken by Moses in his final address to the nation of Israel. It said every morning and evening during the week, and recited on every Sabbath and festival. Inside every mezuzah, a container mounted on every doorpost in a Jewish home, is a handwritten scroll of the Shema.

The sentence itself declares that the Lord is one, and only one; a whole and perfect being. He is also the G-d of the Jewish people, who led them out of slavery in Egypt to be their G-d.

My composition supports and illuminates the nobility of the statement, ornately framimg the first two famous Hebrew words. I am constantly fascinated by the paradox between revealing the tiniest bit of G-d's splendor and beauty within a myriad of detail, and the nature of G-d Who is One and without “parts.”

Text by Louise Temple from the book "Hebrew Illuminations"