This digital print illustrates the joyful Passover song, “Who Knows One?”. It is both a colorful design and a teaching tool. The images are based on my own interpretation of the verses, as follows:
One is The Lord, symbolized here by the burning bush. When Moses was called by the bush, he was also told “Take off your shoes for the ground where you are standing is holy”. Thus, the sandals. Note that the bush has 13 leaves – this will be explained in verse thirteen.
Two are the tablets that Moses brought down from Mt Sinai. It is told that when we stood at Sinai, the mountain hovered over us.
Three are the Patriarchs, who dwelled in tents both when wandering and staying in place. Abraham was visited by three angels, Isaac was saved by a ram, and Jacob dreamed of angels going up and down a ladder.
Four are the Matriarchs, represented here by pomegranates. The pomegranate is often used to symbolize fertility, abundance, and blessing. In Judaism, it also represents the 613 commandments. The Matriarchs, both past and present, are responsible for passing all of these commandments on to their children, ensuring the continuity of the Jewish people.
Five are the books of the Torah, joyously dancing as if it were Simchas Torah.
Six are the orders of the Mishnah, represented by six bound volumes. There are actually many more, each densely inscribed, in a fixed order, with the wisdom and commentary of many sages.
Seven are the days of the week, also translated as the days until the Sabbath. The Mogen David (Shield of David, or Jewish Star) has six points surrounding the Sabbath scene in the center. Just as this star is a graphic representation of the Jewish people, so the Sabbath is a major Jewish cultural identification.
Eight are the days to circumcision. Elijah the Prophet is said to attend every circumcision, and there is a traditional chair set aside for him. The hamsa is lucky charm that was placed over a baby’s crib to guard it from the evil eye. Here, seven hamsas surround the Chair of Elijah, with the eighth one on the chair bearing the word “chai”, for “life”.
Nine are the months to childbirth. Judaism uses a lunar calendar, so that months are literally moons.
Ten are the Commandments. Here they are illustrated with their numeric values. The lion is the symbol of the tribe of Judah, and the Jewish people in general.
Eleven are the stars in Joseph’s dream, when he dreamed his brothers all bowed down to him.
Twelve are the tribes of Israel, and each of their names was engraved on a different stone, and mounted in gold to form the breastplate of the High Priest (Ex 28:17-21). The identity of the stones have been variously translated. Here, they are (from left to right): carnelian, topaz and smaragd (rock crystal); carbuncle, sapphire, emerald; jacinth, agate, amethyst; beryl, onyx, jasper. (trans. of Dr. J. H. Hertz, <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Pentateuch and Haftorahs</span>, 1971).
Thirteen are the Divine attributes (Ex 34:6-7). They are shown here as thirteen leaves on a tree, under a tallit. The “Tree of Life” is a metaphor for all of Torah; the tallis for worship. The number thirteen is also the numeric sum of the Hebrew letters in the word “echad”, which is “one” , which makes a complete circle back to “one” where we started.
This explanation is included with every copy.
Digitally printed with archival paper and ink, the colors will last a lifetime. I supervise each step of the printing process, to insure the trueness of color and resolution. It is framed under acrylic or glass with an ivory museum mat and a gold frame. If listed as “back order”, please allow 3 weeks for delivery.
Print image size: 13 x 17
Additional prints to same address are shipped free.
Mat and frame size (frame width not included in measurements): 16×20