Chuppah Shir HaShirim

Chuppah Shir HaShirim

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This painting was inspired by a commission to paint the love relationship depicted in the Song of Songs, an affinity that parallels that of the cherubim in the Holy of Holies. Raanan overlaid the painting with layers and layers of transparent color, giving it luminosity. He was searching for a balance between beauty and love, and the “thorns” of life, which appear intertwined with roses in the lower half of the painting. Jewish tradition believes in a celestial Jerusalem, an upper Sanctuary that was never destroyed. The cherubim in this painting seem to be a vision of the heavenly cherubim, hovering with outstretched wings in the blue expanse of heaven. Surrounded by roses, they seem to be kissing. Kisses and roses are frequent symbols in the Song of Songs, which is understood as an allegory of the love relationship between God and Israel. The opening words, “Let Him kiss me with the kisses of His mouth,” are sometimes said to refer to mystical secrets of the Torah which God imparts “mouth to mouth” to His nation, which is compared to roses. When the Holy Temple stood, God’s Voice revealed His secrets from the depth of the space between the cherubim. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve heard the Voice of God strolling through the garden. After they were sent out, the cherubim blocked the way to the Voice. In the Holy of Holies, man once again heard the Voice of God. Located between heaven and earth, between God and Israel, the cherubim remain a symbol of everlasting love.

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