2005 – <em>Remembrance 2</em>, Ruth Kestenbaum Ben-Dov

This oil painting by Ruth Kestenbaum Ben-Dov (b.1961) is based on the Jewish law that each home should leave a small square unfinished in memory of the destruction of Jerusalem, and the size of this small painting is that required by halacha. At its center is a 16th century image of Jerusalem used by a printer of Jewish books in Italy. Jewish artists commonly used the image of a round or octagonal building, based on the Dome of the Rock, to represent the location of the Temple. The artist took the original image, which has quotes from the prophet Hagai about the restoration of the Temple, and added a verse from Isaiah (56:7) in Hebrew and Arabic: “For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples,” an expression of the hope for peace among the nations of the region. (Image by Yona Schley; work copyright the artist)