Etchings

Tefillin #2

Tefillin. Two leather straps, each attached to two black blocks.

Worn on the arm and head every day. To remind them. One of the boxes is attached to their arm, by their heart, and the other to the head, in order to remember that the truth they felt deeply in their heart was a true, logical and real thing. Their emotions were one with their logic. With those simple black straps and boxes, it reminded them that no matter how insane the world claimed they were, no matter how much they were told that everything they felt and thought was out of sync, was wrong and bizarre and crazy, they would have a sign, an anchor, that reminded them of the truth. -Elad Nehorai

Ma and Pa

Your parents are part of your essence. You cannot disattach from them, you cannot change them, you can only learn from them. It is said that in heaven, each soul chooses its parents, in order to help it strengthen its unique characteristics, weakness, and assets in order to accomplish its mission and become the greatest it can be. What does it mean to honor your parents? Learn who they are so you can learn who you are. What we choose to do with that love, how we develop it and respect it, that is our choice.

Tefillin #1

Tefillin. Two leather straps, each attached to two black blocks.

Worn on the arm and head every day. To remind them.

One of the boxes is attached to their arm, by their heart, and the other to the head, in order to remember that the truth they felt deeply in their heart was a true, logical and real thing.

Their emotions were one with their logic.

With those simple black straps and boxes, it reminded them that no matter how insane the world claimed they were, no matter how much they were told that everything they felt and thought was out of sync, was wrong and bizarre and crazy, they would have a sign, an anchor, that reminded them of the truth.

-Elad Nehorai

Emancipation

This etching was created in 2004 while I was attending University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. It was my first exposure to anti-Israel sentiment, after growing up in suburbia. I created this piece after a Birthright trip to Israel. The text to Lcha Dodi- the opening prayer for Shabbat going out into the fields and welcoming the Sabbath Queen- fills the bottom, while people bow at the Western Wall.

I do not want to explain the intentions of my piece, for I have found that every viewer sees something different in it, is affected and reads into it according to their own perspective. As Anaius Nu said “We see things not as they are, but as we are.”

The tribes of Israel each received a different plot and role in the land when they settled it after leaving Egypt, after 40 yrs in the desert.

Everyone has a role, a plot in the land and people of Israel. What do you see in this piece?  Who are you?