Jacobs Dream

Jacobs Dream

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Jacob’s dream of the ladder, with angels going up and down, is the first dream recorded in the Bible. In Judaism, dreams are a way in which God communicates with man. The painting uses two canvases. From the upper canvas the ladder descends to the lower canvas, suggesting the upper realms coming down to earth. The ladder can also be seen as symbolizing the movement of prayer, from below to above. There is a play between the vertical movement of the ladder and the horizontal body of Jacob, which looks as if it is one with the earth on which he lies, while his serene blue face seems already part of the heavenly sphere of his dream. Jacob transcends both space and time to have a direct encounter with God. The painting is filled with the aura of this sublime experience. The turbulent, swirling strokes of color on the ladder recall the midrash that describes how the angels in Jacob’s dream were dancing, leaping, and arguing above his sleeping body. (Bereisheet Rabba 68:12). The angels ascend and then come down to imbue the world with luminosity and vitality.

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