Medium: Pastels on Paper,
70 CM W x 100 CM H-unframed
28“W x 40”H –unframed
Painted in: 1997
Available As: Redone Original or as Digital Print
Painting Description & Words of Inspiration:
Thus described the incident in the Book of The Maccabees': "Elazar one of the Jewish leaders, sought out in battle the Elephant carrying the king of the Greeks… And will cast his soul away for the sake of saving his people and making him a world name in the land. And he attacked the King's Elephant, and kneeled down and stabbed the King's Elephant; and the Elephant fell on Elazar and killed him too. (Macb. 1: 46).
According to Rabbi David the Governor, Rambam's grandson, this decisive event put a serious damper on the great miracle of Chanukah, "But they had no complete joy, because Elazar their little brother was lost among the elephants and absent."
Already as a child, born in his month of Kislev, the tragic event of Elazar and the Elephant –struck me in particular. A lot of sketches went through my Mind.
How many heroes and moralists found God sanctifying their death? - It is because of their deaths we are commanded to maintain a holy life. A noble life as such, intertwined with true liberty in all their capitals "" You have no son but the one who deals with the Torah. " Happy Chanukkah!