Two Jewish Women Conversing/Dos judías charlando

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Eric Lönrot, the unfortunate detective in “Death and the Compass” by Jorge Luis Borges, states that to solve the murder of a rabbi, he would prefer an explanation that was purely rabbinical, in other words “in Jewish affairs you must use Jewish interpretational techniques.”

Following that reasoning, we can see by their “sheitls” (wigs) that cover all their hair and the clothing that hides their bodies, that these married Jewish women maintain a high level of tzinut (modesty.) The woman, seated in an armchair, is well-established and prosperous. She is wearing a beautiful linen dress. The other woman, in continual motion, is seeking her place in the world. She is dressed in everyday clothes.

The entire scene is quite Kabbalistic and spiritual. It contains many female qualities. These Jewish women are symbols of the

“Shekinah,” the feminine aspect of God. The chairs, like floating stars, are waiting for honored guests like the prophet Elijah, who visits Jewish homes during Passover Seders. They are grouped in threes. In Jewish numerology, 3 symbolizes harmony and connection. There are 9 chairs; 9 signifies generosity. It is even possible that that the armchair replicates the vision of the throne of Prophet Ezequiel (Ezequiel1:4-26.) That is, the burning chariot that ascends toward heaven and whose light demonstrates the “tov,the Good.

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Eric Lönnrot, el detective desgraciado en “La muerte y la brújula” de Jorge Luis Borges, dijo que para resolverle asesinato de un rabino “preferiría una explicación puramente rabínica”, en otras palabras, “en asuntos judíos, hay que usar técnicas judías de interpretación”.

Por lo tanto, por los sheitls (pelucas) que cubren todo el pelo y la ropa que oculta el cuerpo, se sabe que estas mujeres judías casadas mantienen un alto nivel de tzinut (modestia). La mujer sentada es la más instalada y próspera, se encuentra cómoda en el sillón. Lleva un traje bello de material fino. La otra mujer está en continuo movimiento, busca su lugar en el mundo. Se viste con ropa común y corriente.

Toda la escena es muy cabalística y espiritual. Está llena de cualidades femeninas. Las mujeres judías simbolizan

La Shejiná, el aspecto femenino de Dios. Las sillas, cual estrellas, están listas para huéspedes honrados como el profeta Elías. Ellas están agrupadas de a tres. En la numerología judía, el 3 simboliza armonía y conexión. Hay 9 sillas. El 9 significa la generosidad. Aún es posible que el sillón replique la visión del Profeta Ezequiel (Ezequiel1:4-26), el carro ardiente que asciende al cielo y cuya luz demuestra lo tov, lo que está bien.

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In exhibitions held in Havana, Buenos Aires and New York, the Argentine artist Nora Seilicovich and I combined her artworks with my comments, that is, what the paintings inspired to write. Both of us were expanding our imaginations to the limit. Nora Seilicovich’s work will appear repeatedly in this blog.

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