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22nd Nov 2016

We Gather Together – Thanksgiving 2016

As its name indicates, our Thanksgiving holiday is about giving thanks, offering gratitude to The Divine* for provision and blessings.

Yet, Thanksgiving, offering prayers of gratitude is also always about unity, whether it affirms individual Unity with The Divine’s plan(s) for our lives, or whether we come together to celebrate our shared gratitude.

When we offer our prayers of thanksgiving we are purposefully aligning ourselves with The Divine Will. Giving thanks is never accidental, true expressions of appreciation are intentionally expressed.

Peace, meaning good will for one another, if not downright harmony, is what is promised and hoped for in the world to come, in our near future and for our own lives today. Politicians and diplomats aim to low in their goals for peace talks and treaties of peace. Peace, “shalom” in Hebrew and the Bible, implies more than is just a cessation of attacking and violence. Peace means the attainment of mutual goodwill and generosity. We can find accord in the recognition that the other person(s) are seeking for what is good – it is in our mutual hope for good that we can find commonality. We can agree on our hopes even when we vastly disagree on the methods or routes to achieve that end. This is the model of peace, and thanksgiving we see created by the Native Americans and Pilgrims at Plymouth’s first Thanksgiving.

Sharing, like cooking, can be a messy process. However, at the core of cooking and of sharing lies hope that something sustaining and good shall result.

Let us focus on finding reasons, even reasons that seem small or trivial, to give thanks for our blessings. Let us decide to give thanks for those who are at our table and in our lives, if only for the fact that they are at our table and willing to share with us. Let us find hope, and even create love for one another, by purposing and agreeing on one thing: that we will gather together with peaceful intentions, despite any differences, disagreements or hurts that we feel we have endured.

Let us gather together to seek and share hope and give thanks.

*The term, “The Divine” is used as a place holder by the author to denote whatever name the reader personally relates to in the reference. The author is personally Bible based, although the reader or viewer of her art need not be. However, even being Bible based, there are so many names for The Divine, and as there are both Jews and Christians, and many denominations and branches, correctly theologically using any term that is personally is meaningful for each and every readers can best be addressed by asking the reader to insert the Name that is heartfelt in each and every instance.

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17th May 2016

Contrasts in Art and the Bible

“The word ‘happiness’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.” — Carl Jung

“There is no blue without yellow and without orange.” — Vincent Van Gogh

Painting and drawing theory has much to do with contrasting darks and lights, shapes, etc. The Bible, which is an enduring delight of visual descriptions, begins by contrasting the new light to what was the deep but now with the creation of light is understood as darkness.

Vivid contrasts are revealed throughout the Bible.  In Luke 6:20, the poor receive the kingdom of heaven because in their need (for provision, health, comfort, etc.) their last hope rests on the Divine Love and creative power.  Stark contrast exists between extreme deep lack of the poor and the abundances of the Creator, the kingdom of all that is or ever will be. And yet, to begin to appreciate and experience that abundance, one must recognize one’s own lack.

“I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things,” —Isaiah 45:7

Great artists reveal contrasts, especially emotional ones. The is a profound tension that may be in-your-face as found in works by Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt or Salvador Dali and celebrity portraits by Andy Warhol; or contrasting emotional tensions may be quietly alluded to, as found in works by Vermeer, Georgia O’Keeffe, Monet and Mark Rothko.  Leonardo Da Vinci splendidly shows so many contrasts, including that of emotional expression, in his Mona Lisa that it has become the most famous portrait in the world.

A great painter’s communication of emotional contrast/conflict the Divine is revealed and we also see or recognize truths about ourselves and our own lives. Although this revealment can pertain to the subject matter, for a great artist the contrast/conflict IS the subject matter.

Psalm 113 Essence Portrait by Vincent van Gogh by Judy Rey Wasserman

Psalm 113 (Vincent van Gogh) by Judy Rey Wasserman

I know this because powerful, brooding yet joyous works by Mark Rothko have brought me to to actual tears, as my emotional response was too great to contain when I felt confronted by own emotional conflicts and contrasts. Similarly, Vincent van Gogh’s The Cypresses in the Metropolitan Museum of art basically rescued me when I was a teen struggling with the emotional conflict warring inside me that swung from my youthful exuberant happiness, increasing autonomy and hope for the future, which radically conflicted with the sadness, fear and anger I felt in my home life. I recognized the same emotional strengths of conflict in van Gogh’s work, and across the centuries felt that someone else had felt as I did, somehow, I was not alone. Van Gogh found a way to show me a balance, even a harmony that could exist, and even exist for me.

For me, evil denotes the absence of G-D, whereas good shines with the Presence. Again, the contrast, and again, one that is a visual reference.

This post was inspired by the cited quote, which was posted by Peter Boaz Jones on his Facebook wall. The initial paragraph here was part of my comment and our discussion there. Peter also contributed the Isaiah 45:7 quote to an earlier draft of this post.  We also follow each other on Twitter where he is: @KlausClodt Thanks Peter!

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08th Feb 2016

Polar Bear — an Essence Portrait

The new Polar Bear artwork, a basic Essence Portrait, is the first of a mini-series of bear portraits, which are created from strokes that are the letters from specific, and prophetic Bible texts.

This series was inspired by Daniel 7, where in chapter 5, we read in the King James Version : “And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.”

I intend to artistically, visually, explore what kind of a bear Daniel might have seen in his vision, as well as the symbolism of the bear in End Times, or pre-Messiah or Second Coming prophecy.

The symbol of the bear is used in other prophetic texts, including:

Isaiah 11:7’s “Also the cow and the bear will graze, Their young will lie down together, And the lion will eat straw like the ox.”

Isaiah 59:11’s “All of us growl like bears, And moan sadly like doves; We hope for justice, but there is none, For salvation, but it is far from us.”

And often overlooked in prophecy, but relevant and prophetic, from Proverbs 28:15 –
“Like a roaring lion and a rushing bear Is a wicked ruler over a poor people.”

In 1 Samuel 17:32-37, David as shepherd boy explains his potential ability to defeat the giant Goliath stems from learning to defeat both lions and bears, when he was protecting his flock. Thus the bear, symbolizes what is large, even immense, a giant like Goliath.

Future blogs on upcoming bear Essence Portraits will continue the exploration of the bear prophecies begun here.

polar bear by Judy Rey Wasserman

The strokes that create the Polar Bear Essence Portrait are the original Torah font letters from the words of these texts: Daniel 7:5, 2 Kings 2:24, Proverbs 28:15, Isaiah 11:7, 2 Samuel 17:8, Proverbs 17:12, and 1 Samuel 17:32-37.  [Note: Since I only use original Torah font letters as my strokes, no texts from the Christian Testament are used here. Although Revelations was written by a Jew who was an early follower of Yeshua (Jesus), earliest versions found to date of Revelations are in Greek; thus I do not have an original Hebrew text to use for my strokes.]

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18th Jan 2016

Martin Luther King Jr. Essence Portrait 2016

This portrait of Martin Luther King is created using the original letters from the Bible texts of the Exodus story wherein Moses tells Pharaoh to let the Hebrew people leave Egypt, the land of their slavery so they can head towards their promised land. I was set to use the entire story, which spans from Exodus chapters 6 through 12. However, by the time I reached the end of chapter 8 the portrait was basically completed, except for some extra letters of yud-hey-vav-heys, which is the unspoken mane of The Divine. Those letters I made sure to use in the eyes, which saw a Divine dream; the ear, which heard a Divine call, and the mouth, which preached from the Bible a message for all people.

Like Moses, Martin Luther King Jr. had a bigger dream than the one that prevailed in his day. It was a dream for more people that his own, and it inspired many people beyond his own, and continues to inspire and spread to this day. After the portrait, I have included a few of my favorite quotes from the good reverend, of blessed memory.

The image below is of my brand new Essence Portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. I worked to create it with “painstaking excellence”, as the Reverend Doctor’s quote below applies to artists also.

Martin Luther King Jr. Essence Portrait by Judy Rey Wasserman

Martin Luther King Jr. by Judy Rey Wasserman

Strokes are the original Torah font letters in Exodus 6 through 8

Quotes:

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

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21st Dec 2015

Holiday Card Bible-text Art Blessings

This year, I’ve actually created three seasonally Bible-texts based images.  This abundance is due to current events, plus a last minute problem with my archival fine art printer, which will be easily repaired, but not in time to send out any cards, except via email.

The first image stems from my response to the terrorist attacks in Paris. Since Hanukkah came early this year, the attacks in the city of Light narrowly preceded the festival of light. I created a basic essence Portrait of the Eiffel Tower using the original letters from psalms 1 and 23 for the strokes. Then, for the first night of Hanukkah I added a Candle of Hope to the top of the tower, and entitled it: Je Suis Charlie! Here’s a link to that blog & image: Je Suis Charlie Hanukkah

Next came the image I had planned to create this year in response to the winter holiday season and climate change, as here in New York we are setting records for warmth this past November and now December. Plus, this polar bear image is the first of several based on bears of the Bible, where bears are often used prophetically, such as in Daniel 7.  You will see that image in the next blog, in a few days.

Finally, today, since the current even in my own office became that the printer needs maintenance, I prayed and mercifully was inspired quickly with the idea of that I could quickly create as original art.  This seemed like a kind of miracle to me, since my artworks are usually filled with many, many Torah font letters.  The trick was to combine Conceptual Word Art with only a bit of Post Conceptual Art.  Even so, this drastically reduced the number of cards I am actually sending, or returning. Basically relatives, close friends and business associates are being surprised with original art.

Below you have a scanned in copy of the image, both inside and back, which is written in pencil on what is the verso of the image. The actual front of the card serves to protect the image through the mail. Of course, the paper and inks are all archival.

FRONT:

BACK:

 

Notice how my artist-signature is a kind of self portrait ceated using the letters of my name in Hebrew to create the face.

Wherever you are, whatever you do this season, I hope that you and your loved ones are happy, fulfilled and safe.

 

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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the

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06th Dec 2015

Je Suis Charlie! – First Night of Hanukkah 2015

“Je Suis Charlie Eiffel Tower 1st Night of Hanukkah 2015”, is meant for both Christians and Jews, and anyone else who wishes to participate in a much needed festival of light to dispel the darkness that encroaches.

Definitely Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday and originated before the time of Jesus. Yet this holiday also easily belongs to all Christians who seek to actually follow Jesus as he celebrated in, known also as the Feast of Dedication in the Christian Testament in John 10:22-23.

The Hanukkah story itself is not found in the Hebrew Testament, but in the Apocrypha. Essentially, it commemorates a great miracle hat occurred when after defeating Judah’s enemies, the Macabees found themselves with only enough oil to keep the holy menorah lit for one more day. The light of the holy menorah was to be kept eternally lit, and through prayer for Divine intervention menorah remained miraculously lit for eight days until additional oil arrived. Thus the e n, the xpression, “A great miracle happened here!”.

Shortly after the Friday evening of the November 13, 2015 ISIS (Daish) terrorist attacks on Paris, I got the idea of artistically placing a memorial candle at the top of the Eiffel Tower. There actually is a light at the highest point at the top of the Eiffel Tower, but it is not a candle and does not resemble a flame.

Granted that somehow creating public art by creating a “candle” with or without a real flame at the top of the Eiffel Tower might also be stunning, the physical and financial activity of accomplishing this is beyond any quick accomplishment, even if undertaken by a great public works artist such as Christo. However, as a painter, I “build” with paints, inks, paper and canvas., so I can show you a candle at the top of the Eiffel Tower.

The strokes in my works are all actually symbols. The symbols used are the original Hebrew letters from Bible texts. Thus, although an image seems to appear, such as a candle or the Eiffel Tower, in reality al that is really “written” or paned are the words) comprised of letters) from Bible texts. The texts used in this image are Psalm 27 (for the Candle of Hope), and Psalms 1 & 23 for the Eiffel Tower.

Both the Candle of Hope and Eiffel Tower image also exist as separate handmade works. They were digitally combined to create what is called a tradigital work (both handmade and digital), entitled “Je Suis Charlie! – First Night of Hanukkah 2015”.

France has the fourth largest Jewish population in the world. Jews are recorded as living peacefully in France since before 1 A.D.

Wishing you and your loved ones , wherever you are, a season blessed with light, joy, fulfillment and safety.

Eiffel Tower created with strokes from Bible's Psalm 1 and Psalm 23 by Judy Rey Wasserman* * *

Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art at ungravenimage.com. Get a copy of the currently free prior to and during an upcoming crowd funding campaign e book: In the Beginning via the right hand column on this page or via http://artofseeingthedivine.com/booklet.htm.

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04th Dec 2015

Eiffel Tower Created from Psalms 1 and 23

The image below of the Eiffel Tower is created with strokes of the original Hebrew letters of Psalms 1 and 23. It is an artistic response of hope, determination and even triumph in relation to the terrorist attacks on Paris on November 13, 2015 by radical Islamists.

The letter-strokes often overlap each other, so the words and texts are not readable. However, although it appears that you are looking at a depiction of the Eiffel Tower, what is actually drawn or written are the Torah font letters of the two psalms. It is a form of Post Conceptual Art, as the concept of the meaning of the work comes from the meaning of the text of the strokes.

These two psalms are known as prayers/songs of both comfort and hope. Jews and Christians often use them at funerals and memorials, including the Jewish service of Yizkor.

I created this image to appear as one would actually see the Eiffel Tower on a sunny day.  Our eyes would not take in every detail, like an architect’s rendering, especially since the tower is somewhat reflective and light bounces off and dances upon it on a sunny day.  Also, this portrait is one of hope and even victory of spirit as the tower reaches to the heavens — at least that is what I worked to visually show.

This basic Essence Portrait (meaning it has black strokes so that I can (and will certainly) use it also in other works and paintings) is my artistic response to the horrific radical Islam terrorist attacks in Paris on the evening of November 13, 2015.

Below the work are English translations of psalms 1 and 23.

Eiffel Tower created with strokes from Bible's Psalm 1 and Psalm 23 by Judy Rey Wasserman
Psalm 1 and Psalm 23 (Eiffel Tower) by Judy Rey Wasserman

Psalm 1
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Psalm 23
1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art at ungravenimage.com. Get a copy of the currently free prior to and during an upcoming crowd funding campaign e book: In the Beginning via the right hand column on this page or via http://artofseeingthedivine.com/booklet.htm.

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25th Nov 2015

Thanksgiving as a Proclamation of Hope

In the USA, Thanksgiving is a holiday that stems from a communal dinner between the first settlers in the New World, the Pilgrims, and the Native Americans who helped them survive their bitter winter in what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts.

The Pilgrims were radical Christians, a sect of Puritans, whose lives were filled with an austere understanding of the Bible. Yet, they managed to set aside a day of Thanksgiving, celebration and joy to share with the natives who had befriended them. Without the help of the Native Americans, who the Pilgrims considered to be heathens (as they were not Christians) it is doubtful that as many Pilgrims – or any of them – would have survived.

If the USA has a national holiday that can be considered to be spiritual or even religious, it is Thanksgiving, a communal holiday that is one of tolerance, even brotherly love for fellow citizens, and thanksgiving.

The act of giving thanks to The Divine is not only filled with appreciation, but with implied hope. Giving thanks means there is someone to give thanks to – there has to be some recipient for the appreciation – or what’s the point? Gratitude infers a blessing, a gift that was beyond one’s own sphere of power or influence.

Thus the act of thanksgiving includes a present hope for continued blessings, help, gifts or providential coincidences from their source. Giving thanks is a way of acknowledging our own limits, an act of true humility and respect, which simultaneously acknowledging our own worthiness for the receipt of the blessing, kindness, gift, etc. If a person were not worty to receive the blessing and give thanks then they could not actually “have” it – and we have all known instances of people (possibly ourselves?) who has received something wonderful, a lottery or scholarship winner, a special talent or opportunity, a gift of health or friendship, who subsequently blew it by their own behavior.

So thanksgiving is not only an acknowledgement to the source of our good fortune, but it is also an expression of our hope in our own worthiness to continue in that fortune and to benefit our selves and others by it.

“In that day you will say: “Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.” – Isaiah 12:4

Wherever you are, in the USA or elsewhere, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones. See more. Live inspired.

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23rd Dec 2014

Tis the Season to Light Trees

Often Christmas and Hanukkah coincide as Hanukkah is celebrated for eight full days. At this time of year, we seem to have a communal need to celebrate and light lights, perhaps due to the longest winter days in the Northern Hemisphere.

Driving in the early evening, each night seems to bring more yards that have trees and decorations of lights. Those who celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and/or Kwanza are all busy lighting one kind of tree or another.

Candle Tree

Tis the Season to Light Trees 2007 by Judy Rey Wasserman

A menorah, whether for Chanukah with eight candle holders or for Temple and Shabbat with seven candle holders is always biblically symbolic of a tree. Of course, the more recent holiday of Kwanza also features a menorah.

Historically, Christmas trees began with Northern European pagans, long before the spread of Christianity. It seems the lighting of trees and the yearly festivities were associated with the winter solstice. Just as the church incorporated and substituted saints and their days for the various non-Christian gods thus enabling conversion, so too did the church incorporate the winter holiday by claiming it as the celebration of Jesus’ birth. Based on the gospel account of Mary and Joseph sojourning to Jerusalem to pay their tribute, we know that Jesus had to have been born either in the spring during the time of Shavout/Pentecost or in the fall during Rosh HaShanna (celebrating the birth of humankind) or Yom Kippur.

We also know historically that although “a great miracle happened here” at the time that Judah Macabee and his men managed to keep the synagogue lights lit and fend off the invaders. This victory and the miracle of the Temple lights remaining lit for eight days when in reality there was only enough oil for one day’s light, led to Hanukkah being referred to as the feast of dedication. The gospels tell of Jesus celebrating this holiday, also called the Feast of Dedication, which remains one of celebrating the overthrow of tyranny and the freedom to practice one’s religion.

Ironically, the victorious Hasmonians (Macabees) were very liberal and their rule led to the acceptance of many Roman ways, which eventually led to uprisings by the more traditional Jews against the Romans around the time of Jesus. Of course, this led to the Diaspora.

Hanukkah is considered a minor holiday and no one takes off from work or school. Yet, in the USA , it is the most celebrated Jewish Holiday just as Christmas is the most celebrated Christian holiday. We all light trees give gifts, party and eat rich foods.

Although the colors of blue, white and gold represent Hanukkah while green, white and red represent Christmas in wrappings, cards and decorations, in actuality we are all lighting many colored lights. Christmas lights tend to be multicolored or all white and glowing. Hanukkah candles, the ones in all those little boxes from various manufacturers that fit the standard menorahs are likewise multicolored, while Shabbat candles are white (and at least one Friday night always falls during Hanukkah).

The image of the Candle Tree 2007 (AKA: “Tis the Season to Light Trees” card) is both a Hanukkah menorah and/or a Christmas tree. I have found that Jews immediately seem to see it as a menorah while Christians miss that imagery and see a Christmas tree. So each sees the image as a special holiday image, but we filter the meaning through our beliefs and assumptions. In the image the tree has nine candles as the center candle is the shamash, the candle that lights the others..

I had a large unfolded card printed of the image that I am using as my Seasons Greetings mailing this year. It is included here, with best wishes for many blessings for you, and your loved ones.

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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art at ungravenimage.com. Get a copy of the currently free prior to and during an upcoming crowd funding campaign e book: In the Beginning via the right hand column on this page or via http://artofseeingthedivine.com/booklet.htm.

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26th Nov 2014

Source of Thanksgiving’s Tolerance & Peace

We have been taught that when the Pilgrims migrated to North America they came seeking religious freedom.

Actually, that is not quite true. The Pilgrims came seeking religious freedom to worship for themselves only – not for anyone else who did not agree with their strict puritanical practices.

History shows that European descended members of the Massachusetts Bay community who did not conform to the Pilgrim’s ways were booted out or soon left to found new communities that were more to their own liking. These settlers founded new communities in places such as Rhode Island, Connecticut and also landed at Conscience Point, New York, founding Southampton, where I reside.

Yet, our ideas of tolerance for others beliefs and religious freedom that we are thankful for on Thanksgiving Day were embodied in that first Thanksgiving celebration as the Pilgrims and Native Americans came together to give thanks and celebrate their provisions and new community. The Native Americans had helped and taught the light skinned newcomers how to survive the harsh Massachusetts winter, plant corn, and introduced them hunting our native game.

Contemporary American’s ideas of tolerance at our welcoming of immigrants (at least legal ones) seeking a better life, of sharing and helping those in need, and of religious toleration were demonstrated and taught by many of the Native American tribes America’s north east coastal regions.

Despite the revisionist history that attempts to cast the Algonquin and Iroquois as heathens and savages, they were largely peaceful peoples until the pale settlers arrived on many ships. Even so, in the northern colonies there was little, if any, fighting between the settlers and natives. In Southampton the Shinnecock tribe easily and quickly adopted the Christian religion and has maintained a church on their reservation to this day.

Any study of the Algonquin religion quickly reveals that they followed a basically
monotheistic religion, much like that of the Hebrew Testament. Some people, including Native peoples, believe that some of the USA’s Native nations, such as the Algonquins  and Cherokees are actually decedents of the lost tribes of Israel.

The various tribes did conduct war–like raids on one another.  The neighboring tribes in Southampton and Montauk regularly “attacked” each other. Yet records reveal that these exchanges were more like innocent panty raids as young warriors from local tribes cause a bit of chaos as they invaded and met the maidens of the other local tribes, like young bucks sparring (but easily surviving). While it may have reminded the settlers of the raping and pillaging in European wars, there was no raping and pillaging. Records show that then the elders of the tribes met, smoked peace pipes, and held a party for the tribes and marriages between the tribes ensured.

Montauk Lighthouse by Judy Rey Wasserman

Montauk Lighthouse by Judy Rey Wasserman
Strokes: Genesis 1-2:7,Deut. 6:4 & Gold “frame” Psalm 8

Even though he was only in his early twenties, George Washington quickly became a senior officer in the colonial forces during the first stages of the French and Indian War, also known as the Seven Years’ War,  a war between England and France that was
fought in Europe, too. Native Americans fought on both sides.

For the colonists a war between England and French held religious concerns. France was a Catholic Country, and as such she was an ally of Spain. The religion of all the French and Spanish colonies was Catholic and Protestantism was not allowed. This was in stark contrast to the British colonies where different Protestant groups were tolerated and governed locally, ranging from Quakers on the left to Anglicans and the descendants of the Puritans on the right. Jews and Catholics were also tolerated and practiced openly in the colonies. Many of these groups were not welcome back in their countries of ancestry, or even in any European country. Winning the war was religious imperative as well as a concern of political allegiance. However the British colonies were aided by the same Native Americans who, a couple of generations previously also befriended them. Here Washington was exposed to the tolerance and ideas that helped inform his views when he became President, called for the first Thanksgiving and championed religious freedom.

From the first Thanksgiving until today we share our food and joy with others, family, friends, and neighbors who are willing to come together and give thanks for our blessings in tolerance and peace.

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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art at ungravenimage.com. Get a copy of the currently free prior to and during an upcoming crowd funding campaign e book: In the Beginning via the right hand column on this page or via http://artofseeingthedivine.com/booklet.htm.

Check out the investment quality limited edition prints and decorative fine art at the online store and secure shopping cart. All purchases 100% guaranteed satisfaction. Plus, you can also get a copy of In the Beginning (still free at the date of this blog) or the “Manifesto of UnGraven Image Art – a Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Strokes”, plus gain membership to the mailing list via the store.

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Follow her on Twitter at @judyrey

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