Simchas Torah

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I started this painting soon after the holiday of Simchas Torah. I wanted to portray Jews from many different walks of life dancing together b’simcha (in happiness and joy). So often we get caught up in our differences. This painting is meant to remind us that, in taking on the obligations of the Torah, even physically dancing with it at appropriate times, we should put our differences aside and celebrate what joins us together. The old man in the middle represents a holocaust survivor who, while holding tight to the Torah, realizes that the Torah is restoring his soul.

The biblical verse in this painting is:

תורת ה׳ תמימה משיבת נפש

The Torah of God is whole and pure and it restores the soul. (Psalm 19)