Release Date: October 11, 2023
Kaddish (Mourner’s Prayer) by Israeli artist Moshe Gershuni Now On View
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These four prints are part of a series of eight works titled Kaddish (Mourner’s Prayer) by Israeli artist Moshe Gershuni. He titled each print with individual Aramaic/Hebrew words from the Kaddish: praised (yishtabah), glorified (yitpa’ar), exalted (yitromam), and lauded (yit’halal), which are epithets for God in the prayer. In Jewish tradition, the Kaddish (English translation, “Sanctification”) is recited by those mourning and remembering their loved ones. Poignantly, the overall tone of the prayer is elevating—a plea for peace. These works are now installed in our third floor galleries, in memory of the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Israel.
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