Guest Painting By Shoshannah Brombacher - Chai Elul
pastel on paper , 24 x 18 inches, New York 2008
The Baal Shem Tov is Revealed to the World and Accepted as Master by the Pious of Kitov
The Baal Shem Tov is sitting on a tree stump, receiving the dignitaries of Kitov. They are approaching him in a constant stream, on foot and in wagons from the city, which is depicted in the top of the painting. The three Chassidim in the wagon in the upper right corner symbolize the patriarchs, Avraham, Yitzchak and Ya’akov, supervising the situation. The women overlooking the city are the wives of the rabbis who went out to meet the Baal Shem Tov. They also symbolize the matriarchs Sarah, Rivka, Leah and Rachel, who played such an important role in the development of the Jewish people.