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The email read: Did you notice [in the Chagall painting] Isaac in the background carrying his cross?

Yesterday, David emailed and proudly announced that he’d spent several hours updating his article written in 2004, Call No Man “Father.” In the email he noted an illustration of Father Abraham would be good. I read the article and a quick Google search lead me to Chagall’s painting of Abraham and Isaac which appeared to be perfect.

Painting: Abraham and Isaac. Artist: Chagall [1887-1985], a Russian-French artist often hailed as “the quintessential Jewish artist of the twentieth century.” According to Wikipedia, Marc Chagall was an early modernist, and created works in virtually every artistic medium, including painting, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramic, tapestries and fine art prints.

David quickly responded with his excitement of how Chagall’s colorful artwork brought his face-lifted article to life.

Today, I received another email from David. I decided to share the content with our members because it gives everyone a peek into the joy I receive practically every day working on the JerusalemPerspective.com web site. David’s email read:

Did you notice [in the Chagall painting] Isaac in the background carrying his cross? That motif comes from ancient Jewish sources. Since it is said in Gen. 22:6 that “Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac,” Second Temple Jewish commentators said that Isaac went to the place of his self-sacrifice carrying a cross.

Working with David and developing the JP web site has been a seventeen-year effort…one which I will always be proud of. But even better are the almost-weekly blessings I receive from David as he shares such amazing nuggets of wisdom. What a blessing it is to call him “Friend.”


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