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Masay (Numbers 33-36 )

by Yoram and Meira Raanan

"Masei," 2015, acrylic on canvas, 90 x 170 cm.

These are the journeys of the children of Israel who left Egypt in organized groups... (Numbers 33:1)

The three panels of this painting depict different phases of the journeys of the Israelites from Egypt to the Promised Land.

The central panel is painted with a limited palette of black, white and red, with touches of purple and yellow. It evokes the scene of departure from Egypt, as figures move forward from a dark space toward golden circles, the swirls of paint suggesting the light that comes out of darkness. This panel is higher and wider than the side panels and projects forward from them. Through all our subsequent journeys, the exodus from Egypt is the event that we are commanded to relive, that must always be in the forefront of our consciousness.

The side panels portray the wandering in the desert and the entrance into the Promised Land. On the left canvas, the desert sky flames with passion and a sense of wonder as golden stars illuminate the red sky. On the right, the sun rises as the people continue their journey toward the mountains of the Land of Israel, which rise before them in exulting curves.

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