Hillel's Description: Jewish tradition as we know it today was formed in Europe. In point of fact without the influence of Europe the Judaism that is practiced would be unknown. This melding of an ancient eastern religious cult with the west, despite the inherent conflicting ideologies and more importantly and more likely because of those conflicts has given birth to a great and vital tradition of tolerance and compassion. A culture of interpretation and differing ideas yet in the main tolerant to differences and contributory to the bettering of the world. For over a thousand years Rabbis, scholars, thinkers and writers from Maimonides and Spinoza to Buber and Kafka and countless others, have benefited European culture even while under duress from their neighbours. It's in the spirit of that contribution that I've created this series of paintings.
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