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To Life! presents our hope for peace and continuity for Jerusalem and Israel.
Tikkun Olam has Nina in the vineyards. Her Tikkun Olam is to create art to beautify people's lives. All the grape leaves have transformed into hearts to signify Nina's love going out into the world through her art.
Camellia Star of David shows a camellia inside the star (with chai--to life!-- in lavender in upper right of flower) and the letter shin in each leaf.
Rosh Hashona has the Book of Life set inside the ark
Vividly-colored cards include metallic gold, and are blank inside.
The original watercolor painting was 14"x23".
It was digitally transformed into a 7'x12' vinyl banner for Congregation Shir Shalom in Sonoma, CA.
The banner was dedicated in a special shabbat service in Sonoma on November 14, 2009.
I wrote and presented this poem for the occasion:
Dove of Peace over Sonoma Vineyards
Banner Dedication Poem
By Nina Bonos
November 14, 2009
Yea, I walk through the Valley of the Moon, I feel her presence within and around me Sweet, purple grapes are ripening High above, the Shir Shalom Dove Grapevines become a menorah, Bright, red pomegranates recall our Torah. The golden, rolling hills of California,
And it is wonderful!
Adonai is alive in the vineyards.
While drawing and painting from my soul.
Inside the Shir Shalom window shape
A carefully crafted artist’s story comes alive.
Intuitively, shapes and colors emerge
From my heart, mind and hands
To share with you.
While dancing on their vines.
Grapevines appear as outstretched arms of friends,
Reaching for one another,
Linking arms, davening and singing:
Hiney Ma Tov u-ma nayim
Shevet achim gam yachad
How good and pleasant it is when
Brothers live together in harmony.
Sings her Song of Peace.
Soaring in the blue sky towards the clouds,
The full harvest moon, and the heavens,
Her melodious song delights the ears
Of the valley inhabitants below.
We see man and woman’s presence
In the bountiful valley,
In barns and homes sheltered among
Native valley oaks and Italian cypress trees.
The symbol of ancient Israel.
Multi-colored leaves become flickering candle lights,
Warming the glow of Hebrew letters spelling Shalom.
It’s seeds, numbering 613, represent the number of mitzvot
Prescribed by our Tree of Life.
Olive branches are another important peace symbol,
Reminding us of the Noah’s ark dove returning from dry land,
Signaling an end to flood, and a return to peaceful times.
Expressed in pastel, rainbow colors
Are our backdrop for a wonderful life in paradise,
Here in the Valley of the Moon on a beautiful autumn day.
Torah Mantle: 7 Sacred Species My inspiration for the Seven Sacred Species watercolor comes from a passage in Deuteronomy 8.10 where we are introduced to the Sacred Bounty of the Land of Israel: For the Lord your G-d is bringing you into a good land, a land with streams and springs and fountains issuing from plain and hill; a land of wheat and barley, of (grape) vines, figs, and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey. G-d cites these seven foods both for their spiritual as well as nutritional benefits.
Torah Mantle: Wheat Wheat is one of Seven Sacred Species of fruits and grains symbolic of Israel's fertility. It represents a farmer's settled life, as opposed to a shepherd's nomadic life. Wheat requires well-tilled soil and abundant rains. A good wheat harvest represents abundance and peace.
Torah Mantle: 7 Sacred Species Windows Details from 6 different Torah Mantles illustrate the Seven Sacred Species of the Holy Land (wheat, grapes, olives, pomegranates, figs, dates and barley). Moon in 2 phases illustrate the change of seasons and passage of time. Sonoma County, where Nina lives and paints, shares the same latitude as Israel, so many of the same species are grown in both places.
I feel her presence within and around me
Sweet, purple grapes are ripening
High above, the Shir Shalom Dove
Grapevines become a menorah,
Bright, red pomegranates recall our Torah.
The golden, rolling hills of California,
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