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Peace Offering

Vayikra (Leviticus 1-5 )

by Yoram and Meira Raanan

"Peace Offering," 2014, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 70 cm.

If one's sacrifice is a peace offering, and it is from cattle, either an unblemished male or female, he shall offer it before God. If he brings a sheep as his sacrifice, he shall present it before God. He shall lean his hand [forcefully] on the head of his sacrifice, and slaughter it before the Tent of Meeting. (Leviticus 3:1, 7-8)

The free-will peace offering was the only sacrifice which was partly eaten by the person who brought it and the Kohen (priest), while the rest of the animal was consumed by fire. In the painting, a humble figure leans over his sacrifice, a white lamb, which he offers with devotion. Behind him, the figure of the Kohen tends to the red-hot fire. Another peace offering, a looming red bull, stands in sharp contrast to the blue sky. The rapport between the elements ?earth, fire, heaven ? suggests the way in which this sacrifice brought an influx of peace and harmony into the world.

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