These two Simchat Torah paintings are currently
on tour (both in the real world and on the internet).
The one on the left is by Emmanuel Levy. An oil
painting on canvas, it is entitled "Two Rabbis
with the Scrolls of the Law." From the Ben
Uri Art Society comes this description of "Two
Rabbis": In "Two Rabbis with the Scrolls
of the Law" we see the rabbis dancing and singing
(note how the Rabbi's mouth is open) as they process
around the synagogue with the Torah scrolls. The
bells, crowns and breastplates have been removed,
which is unusual since the bells in particular are
essential for the circuits as they add to the joyful
noise. The Rabbis are obviously dancing. Note how
the fringes of their tallitot seem to be swinging.
The carpet is a bright red which adds to the brightness
and gaiety of the painting.
The picture on the right is by Chaim Goldberg.
Entitled "Simchat Torah" it was painted
in 1963. It is currently on display at the
Spertus Jewish Museum. Chaim Goldberg, born in Poland,
grew up studying art. He continued his artwork
as a captive in a Nazi camp. He moved to Israel
as a young man, but later emigrated to the United
States. He has been a US Citizen since 1973.