Avinu Malkeinu


Avinu Malkeinu by Lidia Kenig Scher
Avinu Malkeinu by Lidia Kenig Scher (c)

I worked on this alcohol ink painting on Yupo over the past few days, and when completed, I realized that the timing coincides with what in Judaism is known as the Days of Awe, the days between Rosh Hashanah (New year) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)

During the Days of Awe, Jews say prayers and contemplate their relationship with God, with themselves, with the other humans and with all that surrounds them.

Born in a contemporary Jewish family, I am quite familiar with Avinu Malkeinu, “Our Father, Our King”; loving the melody of the prayer and blessing that plays an important part in Jewish liturgy. Is it recited on all fasting days and on each of the 10 days in between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, as a tool of introspection and a call for hope and transformation. The prayer itself is a series of supplications and requests for forgiveness and pardon, usually done as a litany or as a call and inward response.

What I created portrays in vivid color, the central meaning of the prayer it is named after. As in Avinu Malkeinu, I am invoking the ultimate because in doing so, I recharge my inner compass and recognize forgiveness for myself and toward others as a gift of divine healing.

The painting shows how Divine Love (“our father, our king”) enables us to see that “we are ambassadors of Grace for one another” (Cheryl Richardson). By saying the blessing over and over again, we begin to see everyone as partners and teachers in this lifetime. As such, we can move to transform this world by acting both with justice and compassion and trust that we are thus creating heaven here on earth.

I invite you to purchase the original Avinu Malkeinu, connect with your inner light and begin to experience revelation and wonderment. may you have a fruitful holiday!

If you like to hear the prayer, check Barbra Streissand‘s version

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