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Hillel Kagan
About this artwork
Title
The Great European Torah Scholar III
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
h.46cm w.36cm d.0cm
Completed
Mar 2007
Artist

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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Michele

Hillel - as a new member to Art Process, your work is one of the reasons I joined.I find your work lively, expressive, and full of passion. I find faces of interest as well, and I'm especially found of your new work for Trapani 2007.

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