Man with Staff


Oil on canvas (original dimensions: 24”x30”)

While sitting in the doctor’s waiting room for my youngest son to have a procedure, I began saying Tehillim (Psalms).  When I got to psalm 23, I quickly rummaged through my purse to find a piece of paper and pen and sketched what I felt this Psalm meant to me. I tried to make it as if it were a dream. Happy bold colors of the shtetl but then as he “walked through the valley overshadowed with death” I painted the dreary camps of Auschwitz with souls floating towards the heavens. His Staff symbolizing his leaning on God was with him throughout as he now holds a cup overflowing with blessings near calm waters and a feast.

The biblical verse in this painting is:

‏”מזמור לדוד ה׳ רועי לא אחסר בנאות דשא ירביצני על מי מנוחות ינהלני נפשי ישובב ינחני במעגלי צדק למען שמו. גם כי אלך בגיא צלמות לא אירא רע כי אתה עמעדי שבתך ומשענתך המה ינחמני תערוך לפני שלחן נגד צררי דשנת בשמן ראש’ כוסי רויה אך טוב וחסד ירדפוני כל ימי חיי ושבתי בבית ה׳ לארך ימים.”

“A song of David, Hashem is my shepherd, I shall not lack. In lush meadows he lays me down, beside tranquil Waters he leads me. He restores my soul. He leads me on paths of justice for His name’s sake. Though I walk in the valley overshadowed by death I will fear no evil for you are with me. Your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in full view of my tormentors. You anointed my head with oil, my cup overflows. May only goodness and kindness pursue me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of Hashem for long years.” (Psalm 23)

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