Miriam Ha-N'viah

January 18, 2022

This past week we read Parashat Beshalach, the Torah portion in which the Israelites cross the Sea of Reeds and Miriam Ha-N’viah (the prophetess) leads the women in a victorious song and dance that fuses their gratitude in a unique moment of affirmation.

I have been working on this painting for months and am especially excited to be completing it this week as a coda to the parsha.

וַתִּקַּח֩ מִרְיָ֨ם הַנְּבִיאָ֜ה … אֶת־הַתֹּ֖ף בְּיָדָ֑הּ וַתֵּצֶ֤אןָ כל־הַנָּשִׁים֙ אַחֲרֶ֔יהָ בְּתֻפִּ֖ים וּבִמְחֹלֹֽת 
“Then Miriam the prophetess… took a timbrel in her hand and all the women went out after her in dance with timbrels.”  -Exodus 15:20
“Let me rejoice again in Your help; let a vigorous spirit sustain me.” -Psalms 51:14 

My vision for this painting was to express my deepest prayers for a few special women in my life who are facing illness to emerge victorious. As Miriam leads the women in a dance of gratitude, their dance is imbued with the positive energy flowing from one another amidst the traversed waves. The words of Psalms 51:14 spiral off of Miriam’s timbrel: “Let me rejoice again in Your help; let a vigorous spirit sustain me.” May it be so.

This painting is dedicated to all who need healing or help in overcoming life’s obstacles whether physical or spiritual.

With blessings for health and vitality,

Artist-Educator, PasukArt.com