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27th Nov 2013

Celebrating Festivals of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Light Together – 2013

Jewish and Christian traditions combine on Thanksgiving and Hanukkah 2013, in a significant and poignant celebration of thanksgiving and religious freedom.

This has never happened before and will never occur again. The last time these dates on two separate calendars (for Jews the lunar Shumlian calendar and for Christians the soar Julian calendar), Thanksgiving, and the date of celebrating it on the third Thursday in November, was not an established or legal practice in the USA. Due to ongoing galactic progressions, it can never happen again! [For a scientific and mathematical explanation of this see Dr. Joel Hoffman ‘s “Why Hanukkah and Thanksgiving Will Never Again Coincide” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-joel-hoffman/hanukkah-and-thanskgiving_b_4312207.html ]

Obviously, this is important to American Jews who have even named this new fusion holiday:  Thanksgivukkah.  Right after eating their Thanksgiving meal who will have room to eat a traditional fried potato pancake, known as a latke?  Plus, the kids are going to make a long sit down meal difficult as they will be excited by the anticipation of the gift(s) they expect to receive near sunset when the blessing is said and the candles of the Hanukah menorah are lit. Can I hear an “Oy”?

Joking aside, the underlying meaning of this shared celebration is significant and poignant for both Jews and Christians.  The two holidays share much meaning, since each is a celebration of God’s provision of a way to worship in one’s own way, plus each is a time of giving thanks for divine, even miraculous provision. Plus, of course, since it is a Jews holiday, it was celebrated by Jesus, and this can be found in the Christian Testament Book of John, chapter 10, verse 22.

The story of Hanukkah is recorded in the First Book of Maccabees, which is part of the Apocrypha. The story takes place prior to the year 165 BC, at the time when the Jews in Judea lived under the rule of the Greek king of Damascus King Antiochus Epiphanes, who took control of the Temple in Jerusalem. He forced the Jewish people to abandon their worship of God, their holy customs and reading of the Torah, and he made them bow down to the Greek gods. According to the records, this King Antiochus IV defiled the Temple by sacrificing a pig on the altar and spilling its blood on the holy scrolls of Scripture.

A group of four Jewish brothers, led by Judah Maccabee, decided to raise up an army of religious freedom fighters, who became known as the Maccabees . After three years of fighting, the Maccabees achieved a miraculous victory and deliverance from the Greco-Syrian control.

The first task was to clean and rededicate the Temple to the Lord, which occurred on the 25th day of the Hebrew month called Kislev in 165 BC. Thus Hanukah is called the “Feast of Dedication”.

However, this re-dedication event had another huge obstacle to overcome. There was only one day’s worth of oil to light the eternal flame that is supposed to always burn in the temple. The rest of the specially processed oil had been defiled by the Greeks during their invasion. It would take a week for new oil to be processed and purified.  What to do?Well, in faith, the lamp with the one day portion of oil that they had. Miraculously the flame in the Temple continued to burn for eight full days until the new oil was prepared and available.  Thus Hanukkah is also called the “Festival of Light”, and Jews, all over the world light candles placed in special candelabras called menorahs for eight days.

Although the real first thanksgiving celebrations in the new world were performed by the Spaniards and Ethen the English at Jamestown, we commonly hold that the roots of the thanksgiving that we celebrate is the one held by the Pilgrims in 1621 CE at Plymouth Plantation.

Like the Jews of 165 BC in Judea, the Pilgrims were separatists from the Church of England who sought to worship God in their own way. They had fled to the Netherlands after suffering religious persecution in England for practicing in ways that were not approved by the established Church of England as it had authority over all Christian worship. Although they were able to worship in freedom in the Netherlands, the less strict culture and city economic life were too foreign to their own farming and English ways. Furthermore, England had almost arrested one of their own in the Netherlands, making them need to seek safety someplace further from England.

Their desperation is apparent by the fact that they even considered, and then undertook the risky undertaking to cross the Atlantic in The Mayflower and the Speedwell, heading for a land that had been devastatingly inhospitable to the Jamestown colony, the only settlers who had successfully managed the journey and previously reached the shores of North America. In fact, by the end of the first winter in Plymouth almost half of the settlers had died.

Yet, the Pilgrims had cause to celebrate as many had lived (as compared to Jamestown) and they had a successful harvest, and were therefore prepared for the winter. They held a three day celebration and feast,inviting the Native Americans as guests (who outnumbered them).  That event is now called the “First Thanksgiving”.  Of course, being Pilgrims, this was not just a party or way to thanks their guests; this was a way to give thanks to their God for provision and mercy.

Like the Jews of Judea in 165 BC, the Pilgrims of 1621 CE, were functionally ruling themselves and worshipping as they saw fit.  While we have no account of what could pass as a miracle (defying scientific expectation), their new lives probably felt miraculous to the Pilgrims.

This year, in many homes on Thanksgiving Day, Jews and Christians will be lighting candles. For most of them, they will be lighting the same number of candle: two. This occurs since the first night of Hanukah occurs Wednesday evening when two candles are lit actually, first the samash (worker) candle, which is used to light the other candle(s) throughout the holiday. Thus Thanksgiving day when many people light two candles on their holiday table, is actually still the first day of Hannukah.

Thus we have not only a convergence of holidays but of actions, giving prayerful thanks, gathering together, and lighting candles, which signifies our ability to bring the light of The Divine into the world by our actions.

May you and your loved ones have meaningful and blessed holiday(s).

 

Hanukkah Greeting & blessing

Chanukah Shalom, by Judy Rey Wasserman, 2005.
Strokes are all Hebrew Torah font letters, and you can see the words of the blessing over the Hanukkah candles within the Hebrew for Hanukkah and Shalom. This postcard has one of the earliest instances of my signature logo face. There is a You Tube video about how that is created: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXIyrkgvits  [Note: there really is no correct English spelling for Hanukkah.If you have MS Word,you can check this out for yourself via the spellchecker.]

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20th Nov 2013

Sebonac Road Genesis Summer Sunset

This image of Sebonac Road Genesis Sunset study is a view from just outside of the front of my home’s hedges.  The  sketch it is based upon was created about a month ago by me standing in the middle of Sebonac Road, in Southampton, NY, and moving when a car approached from either direction. After the summer ends, we do not get much traffic.

When the words, “Genesis” and “Sunset” appear in the title of any of my works, then all, or a major portion of the strokes are the original letters from Genesis 1-2:7. This also means that the artwork belongs in my Genesis Sunset series.

From where I stood in the road, my own mailbox and a walkway to my front door would be slightly behind the viewer’s right. Since my property is surrounded by high hedges I often step outside unto the road to gain a better view to the daily sunset. Some of the sunsets seen in my other paintings are based on photos of quick sketches I make from this vantage point.  So when I was sketching, I was not concerned about what the neighbors might think of me hanging out in the middle of the road, because they have seen me there often at sunset, and most know I am an artist.

This study is postcard size and will be offered as one of the Early Bird Door-buster rewards offered in the Crown Funding campaign to raise funds and launch a new full size Art of Seeing The Divine book, currently with the working title of “Let There Be Light”. It is a door-buster due to the fact that it is an original work priced as a reward at almost the cost of a print.  When the campaign actually launches sometime after Passover and Easter in April 2014, the people on my mailing lists will be the first to know of the exact date and time, and they will know at least an hour before I post the news to social media.

A smaller e-book will be available soon that is also filled with art, inspiration and Awakening Vision Experiences.  The smaller brand new e-book will be available for free before the launch of the Crowd Funding campaign and that will also be available to mailing list subscribers first.

Sebonac Road Genesis Summer Sunset by Judy Rey Wasserman

Sebonac Road Genesis Summer Sunset by Judy Rey Wasserman

Below is a closer look at some of the strokes, which are all Torah font Hebrew letters created with
watercolor pencils.

Sebonac Road Genesis Summer Sunset by Judy Rey Wasserman

This study is postcard size and will be offered as one of the Early Bird Door-buster rewards offered in the Crown Funding campaign to raise funds and launch a new full size Art of Seeing The Divine book, currently with the working title of “Let There Be Light”. It is a door-buster due to the fact that it is an original work priced as a reward at almost the cost of a print.  When the campaign actually launches sometime after Passover and Easter in April 2014, the people on my mailing lists will be the first to know of the exact date and time, and they will know at least an hour before I post the news to social media.

A smaller e-book will be available soon that is also filled with art, inspiration and Awakening Vision Experiences.  The smaller brand new e-book will be available for free before the launch of the Crowd Funding campaign and that will also be available to mailing list subscribers first.

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08th Nov 2013

Monarch Butterfly Essence Portrait (Psalm 145- Hallel)

The Monarch Butterfly Essence Portrait below will shortly be printed out own my Giclee printer and then painted upon, creating a new painting. Depending on the result, I may then scan that painting and create a new reproductive print to sell in my online store and shopping cart  (store.artofseeingthedivine.com), at events or use as a limited reward on my Crowd Funding campaign for a full sized new book that is scheduled to launch this spring, right after the Passover 2014 blood moon and Easter, and then continue until Shavout/Pentecost.

An Essence Portrait is a basic black and white image representing a person, flora or fauna member(s), or a thing, like a lit candle.

My Essence portraits always begin and exist as images that use ink and/or acrylic paint on paper or canvas. The originals are always small enough so that they can be scanned on my professional art scanner.

My Essence Portraits are used by me to make reproductive Giclee prints, tradigital prints and original digital prints and original paintings.

The Monarch Butterfly Essence Portrait below will shortly be printed out own my Giclee printer and then painted upon, creating a new painting. Depending on the result, I may then scan that painting and create a new reproductive print to sell in my online store and shopping cart  (store.artofseeingthedivine.com, at events or use as a limited reward on my Crowd Funding campaign for a full sized new book that is scheduled to launch this spring, right after the Passover 2014 blood moon and Easter, and then continue until Shavout/Pentecost.

Previously I posted a colorful small postcard study Psalm 145 (Monarch Butterfly Study) that used the same Monarch Butterfly model, but did not use this Essence Portrait, although, of course, like the real butterflies, had a kind of black outline and body. If you compare the black areas you will see differences.

One of the things I especially appreciate about many butterfly species is how they kind of look like little flying pieces of amazingly fragile stained glass. Like stained glass art, their features are all outlined, usually in a dark color.

The Monarch Buitterfly below is created using strokes that are the original Hebrew letters (Torah font) or Psalm 145, also known as Hallel, a song and prayer of praise.

Keep watching this blog and following my links to my blogs posted on Facebook and Twitter for more updates on upcoming butterfly images, including new butterflies and variations on this one.

 Monarch Butterfly Essence Portrait (Psalm 145 - Hallel)

Monarch Butterfly Essence Portrait (Psalm 145- Hallel) by Judy Rey
Wasserman

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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. Download a free copy click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.
Check out the images and availability of limited and open edition prints — Click: store.
Follow her on Twitter at @judyrey

 

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