The Old City of Jerusalem is the spiritual capital of Judaism. Its walls glow with splendor as the sun rises each day, beckoning all to embrace the day. The fiery reds and vibrant colors of this painting represent the fire of the Ner Tamid – the Eternal Light – which hung above the Holy Ark. This flame symbolizes the burning light of Judaism that spreads the holiness of Jerusalem around the world.
Can stone be alive? It cannot breathe, it is solid, heavy and does not change. Yet, the Kotel - uniquely textured blocks of golden hue - has stood proudly through the centuries. Every prayer, every story, every emotion that has ever existed has been absorbed by this silent witnesses. Is the Kotel not a living witness of our nation’s history?
The Western Wall, The Wailing Wall, the Kotel, are all names for the one remaining wall of the Temple Mount. People flock to it to pray, to celebrate, to mourn; To find or strengthen a spiritual connection with God. Through good times and bad, this one wall of strength has been the silent backbone for Jews throughout the centuries.
God has kept this wall alive, connecting Jews to their heritage and home. Inspired by this - the Kotel, standing proudly and silently - appears often throughout the paintings of Jordana Klein.