Divine Encounter And The Sacred Doorway

Akedah #45 (2008-2009) Mixed media on paper
Robert Kirschbaum's paintings reviewed by Richard McBee  

Robert Kirschbaum: Small Paintings from The Akedah Series.
The Gallery at Three Rivers: Three Rivers Community College.
November 1 - December 2, 2011
Artist Talk November 9, 4PM, Opening Reception 5-7PM.

Photo courtesy Robert Kirschbaum

Our encounters with the Divine are precious moments of personal religiosity.  We believe that when we pray we are speaking directly to God and that at that moment we are in the Divine presence.  And yet we are seldom conscious of the awe and fear we should also feel. 
For many, at the core of Jewish monotheism is terror.  Its source is in Chapter 22 of Genesis, the story known as the Binding of Yitzchak.  God's faithful servant, Avraham, has been ordered to take his beloved 37-year-old son, (a child he had at the miraculous age of 100) and offer him as a sacrifice.   After a three-day journey Avraham has bound his son Yitzchak, placed him on the altar and has grasped the knife to follow God's command.  At the very last moment an angel calls out, "Avraham, Avraham do not stretch out your hand against the lad nor do anything to him."

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