Clara María Goldstein

Gallery II

Rabbi Jesus Art Museum


 

 "I Love You Daddy"

According to the Gospels, Joseph was Jesus’ father by adoption. Jesus must have respected, appreciated and loved his dad just as he did his mom, and Mary and Joseph must have adored Jesus. Parenting is a top priority for Jewish men, as much as it is for Jewish women. Jewish dads play a very active and important role in the raising of their children.

 

    

 Jesus to Hebrew Sunday School

Today, as well as in Jesus’ times, Jewish boys would start Hebrew school on Sundays at approximately six years old. In this painting, Jesus is joyfully going with his dad to his first day of Sunday Hebrew school.

 

  

Jesus’ Bar Mitzvah

As a Jewish boy, Jesus was automatically Bar Mitzvah at age 13. Bar Mitzvah means "son of the commandment." To commemorate a Bar Mitzvah, boys are called to read the Torah during services around their 13th birthday. Therefore, Jesus’ Bar Mitzvah must have been around his birthday, which now we refer as  "Christmas time." The Torah scroll contains the five books of Moses and it is part of the Bible that Jesus studied. The five books of Moses are the first five books of the Christian Bible, under the "The Old Testament." 

Jewish people keep the Torah in its original Hebrew language and in the original roll shape. Jesus spoke Aramaic, but as part of his religion, he learned Hebrew in his effort to read the word of God from the Torah in the purest form. This painting intends to convey the sweetness in Jesus’ heart and his feeling of elation in reading the word of God directly from the Torah.

 

 

 Jesus at a Passover Seder

Passover is a Jewish holiday that commemorates how in Egypt 1,400 years before Jesus’ birth, God took the lives of all the firstborn in Egypt, but "passed over" those who were Jewish. Passover is commonly celebrated at home with family and friends. It includes a Seder dinner designed to use food and prayers to convey the story of Passover. The man of the house leads the Seder and the children enjoy it because they are given an important role as the ones who will carry on the tradition. What many know as "Jesus’ last supper" was Jesus leading the celebration of his last Passover Seder with his disciples the day before he died (Luke 22:14-15; Matthew 26:19). In this painting, Jesus' dad is leading the Seder and Jesus is portrayed as a child. 

 

 

  During Purim, Jesus Celebrated How God Had Saved His Jewish Ancestors

Purim is an important Jewish holiday that celebrates the biblical story told in the book of Esther. It takes place in ancient Persia, around 550 years before Jesus’ birth. Haman, the king’s top advisor, decrees that all Jews would be killed. Among many coincidences that follow, the Queen tells the King that she is a Jew and the King ends up hanging Haman before Haman can kill any Jew. Purim celebrates how God’s invisible hand saved Jesus’ Jewish ancestors through what appeared to be a series of coincidences. Purim also teaches Jewish people the importance of revealing their Jewish identity. In this painting, Jesus talks about Haman’s decree with his mom. 

 

 

 The Mezuzah in Jesus’ Home

Jesus’ home must have had a mezuzah on its doorpost (Deuteronomy 6:4-9). A mezuzah is a small box containing passages from the Bible. Jewish people are to pause, touch the mezuzah and think of God every time they to go through a doorpost that has a mezuzah. This habit reminds Jewish people to keep centering themselves with God all throughout the day. In this painting, Jesus is taking a moment to pause, touch the mezuzah and reflect on God before leaving home.

  

 

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 Clara María Goldstein