Clara María Goldstein

Gallery III

Rabbi Jesus Art Museum


 Jesus’ Day of Worship Was on Saturdays

For the Jewish people, the day of worship is Saturdays, not on Sundays as it is for Christians. It is called the Sabbath. It is customary for Jews to go to synagogue on the Sabbath and to greet each other with "Shabbat Shalom," which means peace be with you. Judaism teaches that in a situation when laws conflict, the most important law takes precedence. The preservation of life takes precedent above the Sabbath. Jesus taught this when he stated Leviticus 18:5, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath" (Matthew 2:27). In this painting, it is Saturday and Jesus is on his way to worshiping God at the synagogue. The synagogue is the house of worship of a Jewish congregation and the place Jesus referred to as, "my Father’s house" (Luke 2:49; John 2:16).



 Jesus' Family were All Jews

Jesus' parents were both Jews. Jesus' grandparents were also Jews. Jesus' great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents were all Jews. From Jesus all the way up to Abraham, who was the first Jew, are 42 generations of only Jewish people. Jesus' blood was 100% Jewish. 

John the Baptist was Jesus' cousin and John's ancestors not only were Jews, but Rabbis from both maternal and paternal sides. 



 Jesus' Friends Were Jews 

While with his friends in a Jewish wedding in Cana, Galilee, Jesus performed his first public miracle. When the wine was gone, Jesus turned the water into wine (John 2:1-11).



 Rabbi Jesus Says to Love One Another 

The Gospels state that Jesus was addressed as "Rabbi" (John 1:38, 3:2, 4:31, 6:25). In Hebrew "Rabbi" means "one with great knowledge." In this painting, Rabbi Jesus looks happy because to be at one with God is the best way to ensure peace and contentment (Deuteronomy 28:47; John 16:24). Rabbi Jesus was a Jew who loved all people and who wanted, above all, to inspire mankind to love God and one another. 

In this painting, Rabbi Jesus is wearing his Jewish prayer shawl, called a tallit. The tallit has fringes on each of its four corners to remind Jewish people to act according to God’s commandments. Many people who touched the fringes of Jesus’ tallit were healed (Mark 6:56; Matthew 14:36; Matthew 9:20; Luke 8:44 ). In this portrait, Jesus follows the viewers with his gaze and smile. 



 Jesus Wore His Shroud on Yom Kippur

It is a Jewish burial tradition to dress and bury the body of a deceased person in a shroud, a white and simple linen gown. Jesus was buried wearing a shroud. "A Sanhedrin Jew named Joseph from Arimethea took Jesus’ body from the cross and he wrapped it in clean linen cloth and laid it in his tomb" (Luke 23;50-51, Matthew 27:59-60). 

In Judaism there are ten days a year dedicated to repentance. They begin on Rosh Hashanah and end ten days later on Yom Kippur. On Yom Kippur, Jewish people fast and spend their entire day in the synagogue seeking God’s forgiveness. Very pious Jewish people, like Jesus, would also wear their shrouds every year on Yom Kippur, as portrayed in this painting. The purpose of wearing the shroud is to raise their awareness about their own body's mortality. 



  The Twelve Apostles Were Jewish


  The Multitudes That Followed Jesus Were Jewish People

The crowds of people that followed Jesus during his lifetime, including most of those people he healed, were all Jewish. 



 God's Chosen People

As a Jew, Jesus was part of the group that some refer as "the Chosen people of God." Chosen to do a task does not mean "favorites." We are of the opinion that God has no favorite children: neither the Christians nor the Jews or any other group are the favorite children of God. We believe the task God chose for the Jews was to receive His word through Moses and to keep it as sacred in the Torah.


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