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Portrait of a Jewish Artist

Esther Teichtal

When fine art meets the Jewish neshamah, exquisite expressions of beauty are born. But for the artists at the frontier of quality Jewish art, the challenges can be daunting. Four artists and a business consultant paint a startling picture of Jewish art today.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

She wouldn’t give her name. When pressed, she presented herself using the title she goes by as an artist — out in the world at large. “I don’t want to ever be known by my chareidi name,” she insists. Her eyes reveal a baffling sadness. Years ago, Italian born Shazar Rachel embraced Hashem as her G-d, and Judaism as a treasured way of life. Today, badly burned by the gulf that yawns between her passion for art and her new-formed identity, she has found peace by making clear, unyielding boundaries between the two. Shazar Rachel isn’t alone. Frum female artists are faced with formidable challenges. Eager to find out more, I joined a panel of four talented artists in the brightly lit conference room of the Jerusalem Temech business hub — a venue that frum businesswomen frequent daily to work, network, and brainstorm. 

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