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Candle of the Soul. The image of the candle is from Proverbs 20:27, “The candle of God is the soul of man, guiding him through the inner chambers." The text of the flame is from Talmud (Brach. 60b), "My Lord, the soul that You have placed within me is pure." This image was created as an illustration for Michell Shore’s book of poetry, I Hear Music in Every Psalm, published in 1997.
My interpretation of the Shehekhiyanu blessing is relatively straightforward, showcasing symbols of the Jewish holiday cycle which are clockwise from the top: Tu B’Shevat, Purim, Passover, Lag B’Omer, Shavuot, Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah and Chanukkah. The commentary at the conclusion of An Illumination Of Blessings will detail the significance of each holiday symbol. This ‘cycle of life’ is supported between the sun and moon in reference to the Hebrew lunar-solar calen