Black Fire/White Fire - Jewish Art Calligraphy Illustration Original Artwork

Black Fire/White Fire - Jewish Art Calligraphy Illustration Original Artwork

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The last portion of the Torah includes one of its more esoteric phrases -"eish da'at, the fiery law." (Deuteronomy 33:2) The Midrash concludes that this phrase is a description of the Torah. In its words: "eish shahor al gabei eish lavan." The Torah is written "black fire on white fire." (Midrash Tanhuma, Genesis 1)

The parallel of black fire/white fire acknowledges that the space between the lines is as important as the lines themselves. In that spirit, this image is an illustration of the Hebrew letter 'Heh', the grammatical definite article and the oft-used stand in for God's name. By filling its space with alternating patterns of lines encompassing every color, it captures the maximum meaning of the rabbinic notion that the Torah is 'black fire on white fire.'
 

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