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The artist wished to make something very special for his wife in honor of their wedding anniversary and wanted also to include his two daughters somehow in this gift, so he created this piece which is the text of the legend of the hungry and weary traveller, taken from the 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 it be God's will that all the saplings that grow forth from you should be identical to you."



A detail of the landscape with the text.

The artist wished to add all the pertinent Hebrew dates for his wife: his own and his wife's birthdate; the date of their wedding; and the Hebrew dates and names of their daughters (see next detail below).



Note: Two golden apples in the tree to represent their children.





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