While staying at the different hotels on my trip to Israel, I always noticed the art on the walls. The painting above and the two below really caught my eye. I think they are depictions from the movie, Fiddler on the Roof, which is one of my favorites. These three paintings were in the hotel in Jerusalem. I don't know the artist's name.
This painting was also in one of the hotels I love the scene of a woman as she sits above the street. Is she sad? Or is she praying? (artist unknown)
I love these mosaics, that hung on the walls of the hotel in Tel Aviv and Tiberius.
Can you tell I love mosaics?
Notice the hamsa* in the center of this mosaic. I'll explain it below.
Aren't these pomegranate-themed items beautiful? And notice the mosaic hamsa* on the top right. I only wish I could have gone inside this shop. We didn't have much time to shop on this trip. Maybe next time, right?
* The hamsa is a popular symbol in Judaism. The word “hamsa” comes from the Hebrew word “hamesh,” which means five. There are five fingers on the talisman,and some believe it represents the five books of the Torah. Sometimes it is called the Hand of Miriam, after Moses’ sister. This symbol is used in jewelry, art, and in decorations for the home.
When I first began visiting Jewish roots churches, I was told that this symbol was occult. But my rabbi husband assures me that is incorrect. There are people who believe it gives them good luck, or that it is a protection from the "evil eye". That belief is indeed occult, because Hashem, Himself, is our only protection from evil.
I hope you enjoyed seeing this beautiful Israeli art, and that you will join me next week for the next installment of my Israel trip journal.
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