Razel Tribute


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The Razel family are neighbors of the artist in the alleyways of old Nachlaot and it is a rendition of a famous tree, which has sadly been taken down, that is the focal point of this piece commissioned as a tribute to the husband and father of this family in honor of his 50th birthday. They were blessed with four very talented children and Carol, the wife, wanted to thank her husband for finding her, making her his wife, and bringing her their children and it that is the text which you see.

The text:
"Micha, in honor of your 50th, for three things I will always be in your debt: that you made me your wife; that you made me a mother and a mother to the most incredible three children possible; and that you brought me to the Holy Land and Jerusalem specifically. We have yet to talk about all the other things ..."



Within the body of the tree, the artist placed the extract from Talmud Bavli, Ta'anit 5.

Freely translated, the text says the following:
"This is the story of a man who was travelling in the desert and was tired, hungry and thirsty and found a tree whose fruit looked delicious, the shade inviting and there was a stream of water under it. He sat in the shade of the tree, ate from its fruit and drank from the stream and when he was ready to leave, he said to the tree: 'Oh, how can I ever thank you? If I told you that your fruit was delicious, it's true. If I told you that your shade was cooling, it too is true and if I were to tell you that the water that ran beneath you was refreshing, it was.' The moral of the story: May be be God's will that all the saplings that grow forth from you should be identical to you."



This particular tree in the Zihronot neighborhood of old Nahlaot, has been painted and drawn and photographed for the last 200 years and for some crazy reason, the Municipality of Jerusalem decided it was a danger to the homes and took it down.





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