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Pomegranates: The seeds of a pomegranate, according to biblical teachings, number 613--the same number of mitvot, or good deeds, contained in the Torah. Twin blue lines represent the Israeli flag and a tallit or prayer shawl. Sun and moon represent the change of seasons, the passage of time and the torah being passed down from generation to generation.
Dove over Sonoma: The dove of peace soars above vineyards and golden, rolling hills. Pomegranates represent the Torah; grapevines become Hebrew letters for chai (To Life!), a menorah, and shalom (peace). We also see olive branches, grapes, Italian cypress trees and barns.
A Good Year: A stylized Magen David becomes an apple tree of life which conveys Rosh Hashona (New Year) greetings.
Dove over Jerusalem: This night time vision of peace in the holy land expresses our endearing hopes.
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.
Rosh Chodesh Women`s Gathering In this piece, four women representing the four seasons (from left to right: winter, spring, summer, fall) dance around the Tree of Life. Their arms, resembling tree limbs, reach high into the night's changing sky. The primary figure assumes the yoga tree pose atop the Hebrew word chai meaning life. This Rosh Chodesh dance celebrates renewal and new beginnings while seven stars of David surround the new moon. A museum-quality, giclee print of an original watercolor painting. About giclée prints.
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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