Come my Beloved to greet the bride
The Sabbath presence, let us welcome! That is the translation of the Hebrew you see. The paintings is named for one of my favorite Hebrew songs in which the Sabbath presence is depicted as a beautiful bride. The Midrash teaches that G-d told the newly created Sabbath, 'Israel shall be your mate.' So when the Sabbath comes each week She advances toward Israel as if meeting her groom under the wedding canopy. In my painting, the Bride wears a veil of the heavens the Moon lighting her way. She is drawn toward a little house in which Shabbat candles are lit.