Patriarch with A Challah
Patriarch with a Challah
Oil on Canvas, 36x36, painted 2022
Original Photograph taken – 1972
Jewish rituals and prayers are often expressions of gratitude to our Creator for the blessings in our lives. And so it is no accident that before a meal begins, (particularly at a Jewish festival, Sabbath dinner or milestone celebration) even the most non-religiously observant Jews recite the “Hamotzi” blessing over a challah bread. To elevate this ritual and honor a revered member of the family, the ‘patriarch’ (usually) is invited to stand before everyone in a hushed party room, and handle this responsibility. There are two universal ‘truths’ associated with this practice:
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